You may prefer to find out on your own whether you have been infected with the hepatitis C virus.
You can buy a home test called a Home Access Hepatitis C Check kit, which you can find in most drugstores. The kit contains a sharp instrument (lancet) that you use to draw a small amount of blood from your fingertip.
Despite what you might read on the Internet, there's no special hepatitis C diet or exercise plan that cures the disease. But what you eat and how much you move makes a difference in how healthy you are with the disease.
You place the sample on a piece of collection paper and mail it in a prepaid envelope to a lab for testing. After 10 days, you can call a toll-free number and receive your results using your confidential identification number.
If the test shows you have hepatitis C, it is important to make an appointment with your doctor to discuss the results. The home test only looks for hepatitis Cantibodies, which indicate that you have been exposed to the virus in the past. The test does not tell you if you currently have an infection. Your doctor can order another test that looks for hepatitis C virus RNA. This test can tell if you have an active infection now. Additional testing can also determine how much liver damage you have and help you decide whether you want to try antiviral medicines.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 04, 2014
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