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All About Hepatitis C: Get Educated before your Hepatitis C Test

by Marissa Lynch

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 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’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:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Joint pain
  • Pelvic discomfort
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Jaundice
  • 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.

  • 1. Schedule

    Select and order your test online. You'll receive an order confirmation with all the information you need to take your blood test.

  • 2. Get Tested

    Go to the clinic nearest you and take your blood test. Be sure to bring the confirmation email with you to the clinic!

  • 3. Results

    Receive your results on

Know Your Treatments

  • There is not yet a vaccine to prevent Hepatitis C, though widespread infections make HCV a global health issue. There are treatments for the infection once diagnosed. Speak to your doctor about the method of preventative care and treatment that is best for you.
  • To learn more, speak to your doctor to get personalized information about your diagnosis. With your test results, you’re one step closer to making informed decisions about your sexual health.
  • Be sure to retest one month after starting treatment to be sure you are free of the infection. You and your partner are recommended not to engage in sexual relations until you’ve finished your prescription.
  • Take control of your sexual health.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an STD?

An STD, or sexually transmitted disease, is an infection that is primarily transmitted through sexual fluids during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Sometimes, STDs are referred to as “venereal diseases.” Many STDs can be cured when they are properly diagnosed. Get tested for STDs at

How can I know if I have an STD?

Since some STDs are asymptomatic, the only way to really know if you have an STD is to get tested. Order your STD test online here.

How does work?

STDClinic makes it easy to get discreet, fast STD blood and urine test results. First, select and purchase the test you want. Then, download your proof of purchase form- also called a “requisition form”- and bring it to the clinic. Take your test at the clinic nearest you. Afterwards, see your results online.

Is Hepatitis an STD?

There are different types of Hepatitis, and they can be spread in different ways. Because they can be contracted through sexual contact, Hepatitis can be considered an STD.
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Medically reviewed by Zion Ben Refael, MD on April 1st, 2021.


  1. Hepatitis C - CDC Fact Sheet
  2. Hepatitis C -

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