Your doctor may ask questions about your general health and
lifestyle. You may feel uncomfortable answering some of these questions. But
truthful answers are important to help your doctor determine whether you have
or are at risk for
hepatitis C infection.
What are your symptoms, and how long have you had
Do you now or did you ever share needles when injecting
Do you come in contact with blood or used needles in your
Do you live with anyone who is known to have hepatitis
Did you ever or are you currently having your blood filtered by
a machine (hemodialysis)?
Do you have a blood-clotting disorder,
such as hemophilia, and did you receive clotting factor concentrates before
1987? Since 1987, clotting factor concentrates
have been treated to kill hepatitis C viruses
(HCV). So this now is rarely a source of HCV
Have you ever received blood, blood products, or a solid
organ (kidney, liver, or pancreas) from a donor? In 1992, screening of all
blood, blood products, and donor organs for HCV became a requirement, making
transfusion and organ transplants rare causes of infection.
receive a letter telling you that you received blood from a donor who later
tested positive for hepatitis C?
Were you born in the years from 1945 to 1965? Experts recommend that all adults born in those years should be tested for hepatitis C.1, 2 People in this age group are more likely to have hepatitis C and not know it.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 15, 2013
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