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Hepatitis C

The Hepatitis C infection can be mild, or it could become a chronic, long-term illness. People infected with this virus may not experience any symptoms at all, and if they do, then these are usually minor concerns such as stomach discomfort and tiredness on an occasional basis only, but there is no need to worry because your doctor will check for them first before giving you medication that might make things worse by causing depression etc.

Hepatitis C Information 

Hepatitis C is a virus that can lead to permanent liver damage and even death. Many people don’t know they have it until there’s already some stage of cirrhosis, cancer, or failure. Also, many people don’t know they have it until there’s already some degree or stage in their liver function, which may not show up for many years after infection takes place–and by then, it’s too late.


Acute hepatitis C is a condition in which someone has the virus for an extended period of time but doesn’t experience any symptoms. On the other hand, Chronic Hepatitis C can lead to serious health complications if left untreated or improperly treated by doctors. But most people who contract this devastating disease will develop long-term effects such as liver damage over the years down the line.


That’s why it is so important for people who may have been exposed to the virus but don’t feel sick yet (or whose symptoms haven’t started) to get tested as soon as possible. You never know when your immune system will start fighting back and eliminate this infection from its presence onsite.

What causes Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is an infectious agent that can be contracted through contact with blood or other bodily fluids of someone who has been diagnosed as having the disease. It then proceeds to attack your liver, leading it to become enlarged in size and causing chronic inflammation over time which leads to many other complications.


The virus can be passed from person-to body fluid such as blood, saliva or urine. Transmission may occur through exposure to infected needles during injection drug use; tattooing/piercing practices done by unqualified artists in an unsanitary environment without proper sterilization techniques employed.


Hepatitis C Stages

Hepatitis C can start out as a mild, acute infection or it may progress to its chronic stage which will lead you on an uncomfortable journey with complications.

Acute Stage

The acute stage of the virus is when mild illness symptoms like fatigue and vomiting occur. The acute stage of the virus can last up to six months. During this time, your body may be able to cure itself of infection if it’s healthy enough – but you’ll need some help along with vaccinations in order for that to happen. But in some cases, it will progress into chronic hepatitis C if not treated properly with medication or other treatments for a long enough timespan that a cure becomes possible.

Chronic Stage

If you get infected with HCV, and your body cannot clear it within 6 months, then there is a chance that the virus will enter into its chronic stage. In this instance, we could speak of an infection which can be long-term or even life-threatening as well if not treated correctly early on by doctors skilled in diagnosing these types of cases.

Symptoms of Hepatitis C

Symptoms of hepatitis C can be vague and non-specific, making it difficult for people to know they have the virus. If you do notice symptoms like fatigue or fever along with other less common ones such as headache, nausea/vomiting, belly pain, diarrhea or constipation, then there’s a chance that these are caused by an infection related to Hepatitis C (HVC). Other signs could include yellowish eyes + skin tone(jaundice), which appears after other early indicators go away.

Symptoms of Acute Hepatitis C

Symptoms of Acute Hepatitis C can be mild or severe. Typically, symptoms of acute hepatitis C include

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Bleeding easily
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bruising easily
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
  • Swelling in the legs
  • Weight loss
  • Confusion, drowsiness, and/or slurred speech


Symptoms of Chronic Hepatitis C

There are many similarities between chronic Hepatitis C symptoms and acute ones. However, if you don’t get treatment for your virus right away, it can progress to cause serious complications that require medical attention.

Hepatitis C Complications

Chronic Hepatitis C can result in a multitude of devastating complications. These complications include:


  • Severe liver damage
  • Cirrhosis
  • Liver cancer
  • Liver transplant
  • Liver failure
  • Liver disease

Hepatitis C Testing

Think you might have hepatitis C? Get tested! There are millions of people in the United States alone who carry this virus, and many show no symptoms. Early detection of HVC can save your life, so get checked as soon as possible before it’s too late for treatments.


How Is the Hepatitis C Test Performed?

The only method to know for sure if you have been infected with the virus is through blood tests. These detect HCV antibodies and will show up in your system after infection, trying desperately (and often successfully) to fight off this virus that has intruded on our bodies’ natural defenses.


The blood test for Hepatitis C antibodies is quick, simple and can be done at home. The usual time it takes to get your results will vary depending on where you are located in the country, but it often only requires a few minutes of your time.


HCV testing is now available everywhere you go. You can order a test online from home, visit one of our nearby centers without an appointment and get results in 1-2 business days.

Why our Hepatitis C Testing?

The hepatitis C test from our lab is highly sensitive and can detect antibodies as soon at 8-9 weeks after infection. The early response time means that you will know if your blood tests positive before even getting sick, which allows for a more comfortable treatment plan with less worry about side effects or complications due to lack of knowledge on what exactly caused them in the first place.

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