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How do I find out which hep C genotype I have?

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Your doctor can test your blood to find out whether you have hepatitis C and which genotype it is. Most people have one. But some have more than one. Your doctor might call this “mixed infection.”

You’re more likely to have a mixed infection if you:

Keep in mind that you might carry the hep C virus even if you don’t have symptoms of hepatitis. Once you know your status and genotype, you and your doctor can decide on an effective treatment.

  • Got blood products like platelets, plasma, red cells, and whole blood many years ago
  • Received blood products in a place that doesn’t check blood for hep C
  • Are on kidney dialysis
  • Inject drugs with shared or unsterilized needles

SOURCES:

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases: “Initial Treatment of Adults with HCV Infection,” “HCV Guidance: Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and Treating Hepatitis C.”

CDC: “Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for the Public.”

Infohep.org: “Hepatitis C treatment factsheet: Harvoni (sofosbuvir + ledipasvir).”

Hepatitis C Online: “Ledipasvir-Sofosbuvir (Harvoni).”

Merck Manual: “Overview of Chronic Hepatitis.”

The Hepatitis Trust: “HCV Genotypes,” “Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Diagnostics Fact Sheet,” “Genotypes of hepatitis C,” “Harvoni.”

Treatment Action Group: “Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Diagnostics Fact Sheet,” “Harvoni Fact Sheet.”

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy: “Transferability Of Economic

Evaluation Studies: Is There A Generally Accepted Alternative Price Benchmark To The Wac Price?”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease,” “Chronic Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Infection: Treatment Considerations.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on June 01, 2020

SOURCES:

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases: “Initial Treatment of Adults with HCV Infection,” “HCV Guidance: Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and Treating Hepatitis C.”

CDC: “Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for the Public.”

Infohep.org: “Hepatitis C treatment factsheet: Harvoni (sofosbuvir + ledipasvir).”

Hepatitis C Online: “Ledipasvir-Sofosbuvir (Harvoni).”

Merck Manual: “Overview of Chronic Hepatitis.”

The Hepatitis Trust: “HCV Genotypes,” “Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Diagnostics Fact Sheet,” “Genotypes of hepatitis C,” “Harvoni.”

Treatment Action Group: “Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Diagnostics Fact Sheet,” “Harvoni Fact Sheet.”

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy: “Transferability Of Economic

Evaluation Studies: Is There A Generally Accepted Alternative Price Benchmark To The Wac Price?”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease,” “Chronic Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Infection: Treatment Considerations.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on June 01, 2020

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