Hepatitis C (cont.)
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Exams and Tests
Because many people don't have symptoms, it's common for people to have hepatitis C for 15 years or longer before it is diagnosed. Many people don't find out that they have the virus until they are tested for some other reason, such as when donating blood.
You should be tested for hepatitis C if you:
Before you have tests, your doctor will probably talk to you about the pros and cons of testing for hepatitis C so that you understand what having the virus means.
First exam at the doctor's office
Your doctor will:
Tests for the hepatitis C virus
If your doctor thinks that you may have hepatitis C, he or she may order:
Home testing for hepatitis C
Some people prefer to find out on their own whether they have been exposed to hepatitis C. In most drugstores you can buy a home test called the Home Access Hepatitis C Check kit. If test results show that you have been exposed to the virus, it is important to discuss these results with your doctor and to find out if you are infected with the virus now.
Tests for liver problems
To check how well your liver is working, you may have:
If you have a hepatitis C virus test, you may also get tested for HIV.
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