Hepatitis C is a virus that can cause the liver to become
inflamed. It is spread through blood-to-blood contact and is the most common
blood-borne infection in the U.S.
It is commonly spread through sharing needles and equipment used
to inject drugs. Hepatitis C can also be spread through blood transfusions
before 1992, repeated unprotected sex with a partner that is living with
Hepatitis C and non-professional tattoos or piercings. Hepatitis C is not
spread by casual contact, like hugging, coughing or sharing food or drinks.
Hepatitis C Testing
Unlike the rapid HIV test, the
Hepatitis C test must be sent to a lab for analysis. Results can take up to 2-3 weeks to receive.
We will call you when your results are available, so you do not have to come
back into the office for a return appointment. Like all of NCAP’s services, the test and
counseling session are confidential, science-based, and medically accurate. The test is performed using a finger-stick. It
can take up to six months after contracting Hepatitis C for your body to
produce antibodies as a reaction to the virus. The test methodology looks for the antibodies
in your system, not the virus itself. It is recommended that you wait six
months after possible exposure to get tested to make sure your results are as
accurate as possible. If you have repeated
exposures, a more frequent testing schedule is recommended. Please call our
office at (970) 484-4469 to see if you qualify for a test. For additional resources for Hepatitis C you
can contact Hep C Connection either by calling 1-800-522-HEPC or visiting their