If you are concerned that you have hep C, ask your doctor for a test.
Your doctor will need to order blood tests. The first one is a hep C antibody test and will tell if you have ever been exposed to the hep C virus. If your hep C antibody test is positive, your doctor will order a second test called a PCR test. The PCR test will tell if the hep C virus is still present in your blood.
If the blood tests confirm that you have hep C, do not despair; there are now safe and very effective medications that can cure hep C.
Having a list of questions can help you make the most of your time with your doctor. Below is a list of questions we have prepared to help you talk to your doctor about getting cured of hep C.
How do you tell if hep C has damaged my liver?
What treatments are available to cure my hep C?
How long will I need to be on treatment?
Are there any side effects that I need to be aware of?
Are there any medications or supplements that I should avoid while I am on treatment?
Is it safe for me to drink alcohol while I am on treatment?
Are there any other medical conditions that could affect my hep C treatment?
How often do I need to see you while I am on treatment?
How will you know if I have been cured of hep C?
You can download and print a copy to take with you to the doctor.
General practitioners can access information on hepatitis C treatments at www.ashm.org.au/HCV
Last review June 2018
Additional information and support is available from the national hepatitis information line 1800 437 222