Hep C
Testing

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There’s Harm in Waiting to Get Tested

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all adults ages 18 and over get tested for Hep C.

Testing and treatment of hepatitis C (Hep C) is critical, because people can live without symptoms for years or even decades.

Don’t wait for symptoms to appear. By the time they do, your liver damage may be advanced.

If untreated, Hep C can lead to a shorter lifespan, serious liver disease (cirrhosis), and/or liver cancer and liver transplants.

Hep C Is on the Rise

Hep C infections in the US increased by 379 percent between 2010 and 2017
New Hep C infections in the US
increased by
379% between 2010
and 2017
11,800
2010
17,100
2011
24,700
2012
29,700
2013
30,500
2014
33,900
2015
41,200
2016
44,700
2017
Hep C infections in the US increased by 379 percent between 2010 and 2017
New Hep C infections in the US increased by 379%
between 2010 and 2017
2017
44,700
2016
41,200
2015
33,900
2014
30,500
2013
29,700
2012
24,700
2011
17,100
2010
11,800
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The Hep C Test Is Simple, but You Have to Ask for It

The one-time blood test for Hep C is covered by most private health insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare plans, but it’s not usually part of routine bloodwork.

Here’s a simple guide to help you remember to A.S.K. for the Hep C test:

Ask in advance

Call your healthcare provider before your next appointment to have the Hep C test added to your lab order.

Speak with your healthcare provider

Be clear about why you want to be tested. Download, print, and bring the Doctor Discussion Guide to your appointment, so that you can get your questions answered.

Know for sure

Getting tested is the only way to know for sure if you have Hep C. If you have Hep C, it can be cured.

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