When someone contracts hepatitis C, two things can happen:
People can develop severe scarring of the liver called cirrhosis and can eventually develop liver failure or they can develop liver cancer.
Hepatitis C antibody test: A positive test result means you contracted hepatitis C at some point in your life. This result however does not detect if you are still infected. Your doctor will need to do further testing.
HCV RNA: this is a test that will be done by your doctor to detect the virus in the blood. If this test detects the virus then you are living with hepatitis C and you have long term, chronic hepatitis C.
This means that the majority of people can be cured. There are fewer side effects and you will only need 8-12 weeks of therapy or longer if you have been treated for hepatitis C before.
Call 1-877-WELL ALL (1-877-935-5255) and ask to speak with a hepatitis C clinic coordinator to schedule your appointment.
For each hepatitis C clinic visit with your provider, you will be assessed a visit fee.
There are pharmaceutical company medication assistance programs for specific drugs used to treat hepatitis C. Talk with your CommWell Health hepatitis C clinic coordinator about these program