To find out if you have hep C, your doctor might suggest taking an initial test to show if you have hep C antibodies. This test can be done in your first office visit. If you test positive, it means that you’ve been exposed to the hep C virus.
In this case, your doctor will need to run a second test. The second test will tell you whether or not your immune system has cleared the hep C virus on its own.
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It was a scary time. I didn’t know much about hepatitis C at the time, except that it’s something you don’t want to have.”
Rick F., hepatitis C patient
Your primary care doctor or a specialist can evaluate your condition and provide appropriate care. Working together, you and your doctor can find the best way to manage hep C and take care of your health. Hepatologists (who treat diseases of the liver), gastroenterologists (who treat diseases of the digestive system, including the liver), and infectious disease specialists (who treat infectious diseases) have special training and experience for treating patients with hep C. Find a hep C specialist now
There are 6 main genotypes of hep C. In the United States, about 75% of people with hep C have genotype 1. Some treatments work against all hep C genotypes, whereas others only work on some genotypes. If you and your doctor determine that treatment is right for you, your genotype will factor into the treatment decision.