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Hepatitis C Titer: Hepatitis C Titer Immunity. Lab Confirmation/MRO Included. Specimen Type: Blood
The hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the most common blood-carried infection in the U.S. The CDC estimates 2.7 million people are living with this chronic (over 6 months) infection. It is most often transferred through the shared use of drugs - especially needles and paraphernalia. The risk goes up if people have used cocaine or other non-IV drugs during sex. People with HIV, and those who engage in group sex, are also at risk.
Out of hepatitis A, B, and C, hepatitis C is the most lethal. Many with the HCV virus, especially those who recently contracted it, don’t show any symptoms. If they do, the disease can easily be mistaken as something mild or less severe. Someone may start out with symptoms common to several other illnesses like fever, fatigue, and decreased appetite.
As symptoms grow and become more severe, you could experience:
Test Smartly Labs can help if you need to test for hepatitis C or any other STD.
STI stands for “Sexually Transmitted Infection” and STD stands for “Sexually Transmitted Disease”. These two terms sound similar and the difference between them can be confusing. One of the reasons for this is that up to a certain point these two terms were synonymous and were used interchangeably. But now there is a technical difference between these terms which has been acknowledged by the medical community and can no longer be used synonymously.
While all health-related matters deserve the utmost privacy and confidentiality, some types of blood tests and lab work need even more. When it comes to STI or STD testing, you do not want to have any small chance of anyone you know finding out about your risks or diagnoses. Of course, if you go to your doctor’s office or even a public clinic, the HIPAA rules require everyone involved to keep your information private and secure. However, you may still have some doubts troubling your mind.
Who Should Get Tested For Hepatitis C?
To screen for hepatitis C, we use a blood test.
The CDC recommends the following screening guidelines for hepatitis C:
Be prepared for your lab test!
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