Hepatitis is an inflammation of your liver. There are several types of hepatitis, including type C. This profile evaluates your exposure to the hepatitis C virus.
Anyone who believes they may have come in contact with the hepatitis C virus. Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults born between 1945 and 1965 be screened once for exposure to the virus.
The disease spreads through contact with an infected person’s blood. This contact could occur by:
- Being born to a mother with hepatitis C
- A needle stick that was used on an infected person
- Unprotected sex with someone who has the virus
- Contact with blood or sores of someone who has the virus
- Sharing drug needles with an infected person
- Being tattooed or pierced with unsterilized tools on someone who has the virus
- Using an infected person’s razor, toothbrush, or nail clippers
- An organ transplant or blood transfusion before 1992
Some people do not get symptoms, but those who do describe:
- Muscle soreness
- Stomach issues
- Loss of appetite
- Dark-yellow urine
- Light-colored stools
- Yellowish eyes and skin
Most people may not have symptoms for years after they have been in contact with the virus.
There is no preparation needed for this test.
Certain public health agencies require notification when this test is positive. They use this information to track e