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As a potentially serious disease, it is important to learn the facts about Hepatitis C and how it can affect you. Hepatitis C is a disease of the liver and is spread primarily through blood, but may also be transmitted through sexual fluids. A Hepatitis C infection has two stages – acute and chronic.Get Tested Now
In a majority of cases, an individual infected with acute Hepatitis C will have no knowledge of the infection and display no symptoms or very mild symptoms. This is why undergoing STD checks regularly is so important. Not only can acute Hepatitis C develop into chronic Hepatitis C and cause complications, but having an undetected infection makes it more likely that a person will unknowingly spread the disease to others. The only reliable way to accurately determine whether or not you have a Hepatitis C infection is to undergo an easy STD screening for the disease. For individuals that do display symptoms, some common symptoms of Hepatitis C that may be present often resemble symptoms of the flu. This includes vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), and fatigue. Symptoms generally can begin to present themselves anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months after an exposure.
When left untreated, Hepatitis C infections can lead to very severe and long lasting health problems. Acute Hepatitis C infections, when left undetected, can develop into chronic infections. While acute infections are usually curable with proper medical treatment, chronic infections are NOT curable, though they can be managed with medical care. Long term complications of chronic Hepatitis C infections can include liver cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, liver failure, and ultimately, death. This is why it is crucial to undergo routine STD testing in order to detect an infection in its early stages and quickly initiate a treatment plan.
Individuals that are at higher risk of contracting Hepatitis B are:
» Health care workers who often come in contact with blood
» Intravenous drug users
» Homosexual men
» Individuals who get tattooed or pierced with unsterilized equipment
» Sexually active individuals who have multiple partners
With all of the risks involved with an undetected infection, it is very important to be sure you know your status. Don’t take a chance with your health, get checked today with STDLabs.
Getting checked for Hepatitis C is a very easy process. Our Hepatitis C screening involves no uncomfortable swabbing or undressing. Simply place your order and bring a copy to one of our certified lab centers. No preparation is needed so there is no need to fast or do anything beforehand. When screening for Hepatitis C, you will only need to submit a blood sample. We use this sample to complete a Hepatitis C Antibody Test, which screens for antibodies to the Hepatitis C virus in your blood, indicating an infection. This test is FDA approved and is one of the most reliable detection methods currently available on the market. Your results will be available to you in as little as three days. If your results are positive, you will have a consultation with a member of our clinical team to plan your next course of action and, if appropriate, treatment will be prescribed.
Treating Hepatitis C can be very successful if the infection is caught in its earlier stages. Acute Hepatitis C is often curable, but as it progresses to a chronic infection, it becomes incurable and any damage that is done by the infection cannot be reversed. This is why it is so important to catch it in the early stages. Once an acute infection has been identified, one of our physicians or a referred specialist in your area will guide you on your treatment plan. This may include a combination of bed rest, fluids, antivirals, and time. It is very important that you follow all the specific medical instructions. Be sure that not only are you receiving the appropriate treatment, but that any infected sexual partners are additionally being treated for the disease as well. Even with proper treatment, an acute Hepatitis C infection may take several months to go away. Sometimes, it is not cured and the infection becomes chronic. The CDC estimates that 75-85% of individuals that contract the disease will have it develop into a chronic infection. At this point, there is no cure anymore and a specialist in your area will guide you with further management of the infection.
Hepatitis C is a disease that is most often transmitted through blood, but may also be transmitted through sexual fluids. It can cause very severe complications so it is important to educate yourself on the facts about Hepatitis C, how to prevent infection and how to identify possible symptoms. If you are facing a positive result for Hepatitis C, know that you are not alone. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), over 3.2 million people live with chronic Hepatitis B infections in the United States. While a positive result may seem scary, treatment for Hepatitis C is quite easy if caught early. Our clinical staff can assist you in planning your next move and may be able to prescribe treatment directly or refer you to a physician in your area who will do so. Thought Hepatitis C is treatable and sometimes curable, it is also very easy to prevent. Abstaining from sexual activity and intravenous drug use are the number one ways to prevent contracting Hepatitis C. If you choose not to abstain, however, using clean needles and safe sex methods can help you avoid an infection. Ensure that any tattooing or piercing that you undergo is done with sterilized equipment. Additionally, it is important to know the status of your sexual partners. Engaging in monogamous sexual relationships with uninfected partners is an effective preventative measure. Talk openly with your partner(s) about their sexual health and yours and consider undergoing regular STD testing together as a way to prevent the spread of infections.