What should you do if you have Hep C?

What should you do if you have Hep C?

If you have hepatitis C, it’s also important to avoid taxing the liver even more with drugs and alcohol. There is no hepatitis C-specific diet, but it’s good to maintain a healthy diet to keep your liver functioning as well as it can, Dr. Lindenmeyer says.

Do you have to tell someone you have hepatitis C?

While the odds of passing on the hepatitis C virus are low, you should still tell anyone at risk that you have hepatitis C. You should tell sexual partners, spouses, and family members. Your infection may be difficult to discuss, but anyone at potential risk must know. That way, they can get tested and treated if needed.

Is there a follow up test for Hep C?

A follow up test, called the hepatitis C virus RNA PCR test, can confirm whether the infection is active. In some people, the infection goes away on its own. In other people, it progresses and scar tissue develops on the liver — a process called fibrosis. Scarring, of course, is not good.

Who is the best doctor for hepatitis C?

“The past five years has really been a revolution in the treatment of hepatitis C,” says liver specialist Christina Lindenmeyer, MD. It’s also important to know that you’re not alone in this experience.

How to find out if you have Hep C?

Diagnosis 1 Screening for hepatitis C. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all adults ages 18 to 79 years be screened for hepatitis C, even those without symptoms or known 2 Other blood tests 3 Tests for liver damage. Doctors typically use one or more of the following tests to assess liver damage in chronic hepatitis C.

What to do if your partner has hepatitis C?

Take Precautions. To lower your chances of getting infected by someone who has or may have hepatitis C or infecting your partner, avoid sex acts that could cause bleeding. These include using toys, receiving anal sex, and using drugs while having sex.

Can You get Hep C from holding hands?

You can’t get the hepatitis C virus through kissing, hugging, or holding hands. It’s not easy to catch hepatitis C in everyday life. Hepatitis C and HIV People with HIV are more likely to have hepatitis C.

What kind of Doctor do you see for hepatitis C?

Once you’ve been diagnosed with a hepatitis C infection, your doctor may refer you to a specialist in liver diseases (hepatologist) or infectious diseases. Because appointments can be brief and because there’s often a lot to discuss, it’s a good idea to be well prepared. To prepare, try to: Review your medical record.