|tested positive for Hep C over 25 years ago. Should I be doing anything about it?
May 6, 2012
Hi, I tested positive for hepatitis C back in 1987. I have never been sick and my Doctors ( GP) when we do blood work never say my liver enzyems are high or anything I should be aware of. Should I be doing anything about this? I have been in recovery from substance abuse for over 10 years and don't drink or use any mood altering drugs but in the rooms of 12 step meetings I have heard horror story's from others who have undergone treatment for this and some who actually have died, I know there are different genotypes and I must have one of the least harmfull ones but should I do something? I don't want to fix something that isn't broke. so to speak. Thanks in Florida
Response from Dr. McGovern
You need to get an HCV RNA test to see if you have chronic infection. That is key. Most people with HCV DON'T have any symptoms.
HCV test result
- After Being Exposed To Hpv How Long Does It Take For Signs Of Cervical Cancer To Appear
- Can You Have Smooth Vaginal Bumps But Not An Std?
- How Long Does It Take For Symptoms From A Std To Show Up?
- How Long Does It Take For The Results Of A Hepatitis B Test?
- Is Brown Discharge A Symptom Of Vaginal Thrush?
- Will Rinsing Your Mouth With Peroxide Help Thrush?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.