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
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 theto 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.