All About Hepatitis C: Get Educated before your Hepatitis C Test
Take charge of your sexual health with STDClinic’s discreet Hepatitis C test. Read on to learn more about HCV symptoms, private Hepatitis C testing, and treatment
Hepatitis C Overview
Unlike milder hepatitis infections, Hepatitis C, or HCV, is likely to lead to long-lasting internal damage. Get screened for Hepatitis C on STCClinic.com to be sure you’re virus free.
The word ‘hepatitis’ comes from the Greek words ‘hêpar,’ liver and ‘itis,’ inflammation. There are a few varieties of Hepatitis, including A, B, and C. Hepatitis C spreads via blood-to-blood contact.
An estimated 2% of the world population is infected with HCV, and some 399,000 infected people died of the disease in 2016. There’s currently no vaccine to prevent HCV infections, but treatment is possible for those who have contracted the virus.
Unlike Hepatitis A or B, Hepatitis C often remains in the bloodstream for up to 85% of affected individuals. It can pave the way for chronic symptoms that, eventually, cause irreparable liver damages and even cancers.
How do you contract Hepatitis C?
Unlike other Hepatitic viruses, Hepatitis C tranfers through blood, and not neccesarily through sex. Healthy people get infected when the infected blood enters their bloodstream.
Some ways to get infected:
- Sharing needles during intravenous drug use (IDU) is the highest cause of HCV
- Unsanitary tattooing and piercing
- Poorly managed blood transfusions and dialysis
- Housing spaces with infected persons can expose you to contaminated blood
- Anal sex with affected persons typically tears the skin of both parties; thus, leading to infections
- Having menstrual sex with an infected woman puts you in direct contact with the contagion
Additionally, if you received a blood transfusion before 1992, you may be living with chronic HPV. Get tested for HCV on STDClinic.com’s easy online system today.
Most people infected with HCV don’t show symptoms for up to 12 weeks from initial infection
No matter the severity of symptoms, HCV is considered acute if the symptoms show up within six months. At this stage, the infected person is likely to feel mild symptoms. Often, the infection will clear up on its own.
In chronic cases of HCV, typically around 6 months after infection, your body will start to develop severe to terminal liver damages
Symptoms of acute HCV include:
- Joint pain
- Pelvic discomfort
- Loss of appetite
- Sudden weight loss
- Dark urine
- Light excreta
Symptoms of chronic HCV include:
- Memory loss
- Confusion and disorientation
- Persistent brain fog
- Poor coordination skills
- Depression and anxiety
- Itchy feeling all over the skin
- Sharp pain in the abdomen
- Bloating and digestive discomforts
When left undiagnosed, the Hepatitis C virus can damage your body. In the worst-case scenario, it leads to complications like malnutrition, liver cirrhosis, or cancer.
When to Check
Pregnant people are encouraged to test for Hepatitis C as part of their pregnancy plan. Those with high-risk sexual lifestyles and occupations- such as medical and aid workers-- are also encouraged to get regularly tested for HCV.
NOTE: If you suspect you may have an STI, it is highly recommended that you stop having sex until you’ve recieved medical advice. Doing so ensures you and any potential partners lessen the risk of spreading disease.
Preparation for Testing
The Hepatitis C test is a standard blood test, and doesn’t require any special preparation before testing.
Select and order your test online. You'll receive an order confirmation with all the information you need to take your blood test.
Go to the clinic nearest you and take your blood test. Be sure to bring the confirmation email with you to the clinic!
Receive your results on STDClinic.com
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Medically reviewed byon April 1st, 2021.
- Hepatitis C - CDC Fact Sheet https://www.cdc.gov/std/general/hepatitis.htm
- Hepatitis C - https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hcv/cfaq.htm#overview