Chronic hep C is considered a silent disease. People who are infected with the virus may not have symptoms. However, having hep C can still be causing damage to your liver. If symptoms do appear, they may include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, jaundice, abdominal pain, joint pain, dark urine, and gray-colored stools. Hep C can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. So it's important to understand what the risk factors for hep C are. If you are at risk, get tested and learn your results so you can talk with your doctor about next steps, including treatment options. Hep C is a curable* disease.
*Cure means the hep C virus is not detectable in the blood months after treatment ends.
Take charge of your health and the health of the people around you. Get tested for hep C antibodies, and encourage others in your community who are at risk to get tested, too. Together, we can take down hep C.
Being diagnosed with hep C can be a life changer. You should know that after you get tested for hep C antibodies, you should talk to your doctor about your results. If you test positive, your doctor will need to give you a confirmatory test to make sure you have the virus. If your doctor tells you that you have chronic hep C, you may be able to be cured.* It's important to discuss your diagnosis with your doctor to see what your options are.
*Cure means the hep C virus is not detectable in the blood months after treatment ends.Learn about available treatment options
For more information about living with hep C, visit HepC.com or call 1-844-258-HEPC (1-844-258-4372).