Hep C can damage your liver, cause liver cancer and even death. Ask your doctor for the test and the cure. If you have been tested and still engage in behavior that puts you at risk you should ask and act again.
If you have Hepatitis C, it is important to seek medical care. If left untreated, Hepatitis C can cause liver disease, cirrhosis, liver cancer, and even death. A physician will want to monitor your health and may do more tests which may include Liver Function Tests, such as ALT-Alanine Amino Transferase, and AST-Aspartate Amino Transferase.
These tests will allow the doctor to assess the health of your liver. The Hepatitis C virus travels through your body and replicates in the liver cells, causing inflammation.
A physician may inquire about your previous vaccinations to determine if you are no longer at risk for other Hepatitis viruses such as Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. All these viruses affect your liver, and it is important to do all that you can to protect your liver if you have Hepatitis C. So, if you have not been vaccinated or are unsure, your healthcare provider may recommend that you complete the vaccination series for Hepatitis A and B.
Talking with a healthcare provider is the first step to managing your health. A healthcare provider can help you cure your Hepatitis C. To help you navigate life after a Hepatitis C diagnosis, there are individuals who can support you. Click on the link below to find support near you.
Getting the Cure
A Hepatitis C diagnosis can be scary but there is a cure, and it is usually just one pill a day for 8-12 weeks. There are several medications that you can take. Your healthcare provider can help you determine which one is right for you. If you start and take all your medication regularly you can be Hep C free!