San Francisco Hepatitis C Testing

Convenient and affordable testing and treatment options can be found through STD Testing San Francisco. For patients concerned about hepatitis C, we use the Hepatitis C Surface Antibody test to detect signs, in your urine, that you are at risk. If you test result is positive for hepatitis C, treatment options are available if appropriate to help manage your condition. Everyone living in the San Francisco and San Francisco county areas deserves hassle-free STD testing and treatment.

Hepatitis C facts and stats

3.2 Million

According to the CDC, an estimated 3.2 million people have chronic Hepatitis C in the United States.

75%-85%

Roughly 75% to 85% of people with acute Hepatitis C will develop chronic Hepatitis C.

4%

For every 100 infants born to a mother with Hepatitis C, four will be infected with the Hepatitis C Virus, or HCV. This risk is higher if the mother has both HIV and Hepatitis C.

3.2 Million

According to the CDC, an estimated 3.2 million people have chronic Hepatitis C in the United States.

75%-85%

Roughly 75% to 85% of people with acute Hepatitis C will develop chronic Hepatitis C.

4%

For every 100 infants born to a mother with Hepatitis C, four will be infected with the Hepatitis C Virus, or HCV. This risk is higher if the mother has both HIV and Hepatitis C.

Hepatitis C Frequently Asked Questions

Hepatitis C Basics

How is Hepatitis C spread?

Hepatitis C is spread through contact with the blood of someone who is infected with the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). This typically occurs through sharing needles or accidental needle sticks. Although the probability is low, it is still possible to get hepatitis C through sexual activities. Because this disease is spread by contacting infecting blood, many people ask if they can get it from a mosquito bite. While this is a good question, the answer is no. There have been no known cases of hepatitis C that have been spread by mosquito bites.

People who have an increased risk of getting hepatitis C are:

  1. Healthcare workers and others who work with blood
  2. Men who have sex with men
  3. People who already have an STD
  4. People who have sex with multiple partners
  5. IV drug users
  6. People who get tattoos or piercings with non-sterile techniques


It's recommended that you not share needles, razor blades, or toothbrushes with anyone that is infected with Hepatitis C. If you plan on engaging in sexual activities, wearing a condom is the best way to avoid spreading or catching Hepatitis C, just like all other STDs.

What are the symptoms of Hepatitis C?

Acute hepatitis C may not display any symptoms, but possible symptoms include: fatigue, loss of appetite, jaundice (a yellowish tinge to the skin and eyes), vomiting, or abdominal pain.

Chronic hepatitis C may also fail to show any symptoms until years later when the disease as progressed far enough to cause liver damage symptoms of chronic Hepatitis C are to occur, they would be severe: abdominal pain, excessive bleeding, weight gain, and bone pain.

What is Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a disease that attacks the liver. It is caused by the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), which is contagious and spread through contact with infected blood. There are two stages of Hepatitis C: acute Hepatitis C and chronic Hepatitis C. Acute Hepatitis C is a milder illness that occurs within the first six months after exposure to the virus. If the virus is found and treated early on, it's possible to clear the virus and fight off the disease. However, for most people, acute infection leads to chronic infection. Acute infection is a more serious, life-long illness that can lead to liver failure, liver cancer, and even death. The CDC estimates that there are 3.2 million Americans with chronic Hepatitis C.

What is the test for Hepatitis C?

To test for Hepatitis C, we use the Hepatitis C Surface Antibody Test (Anti-HBs) to test your blood for antibodies to the Hepatitis C virus. If you have been exposed to Hepatitis, your body will produce antibodies to fight the infection By testing for those antibodies, we are able to tell if you've been exposed to the virus.

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What are the possible results from my Hepatitis C Test?

If your test results indicate that you are positive for Hepatitis C, there is a small chance to your test result could actually be a "false-positive." Your doctor may want to run additional tests to confirm that these results are accurate.

Acute Hepatitis C can go away and disappear on it's own; but Chronic Hepatitis C is a long-term disease that needs to be treated with appropriate medication to keep the virus from becoming more severe.

How does the test for Hepatitis C work?

When you have been exposed to hepatitis C, your body will respond by creating antibodies that fight the virus. For this reason, we use the Hepatitis C Surface Antibody Test (Anti-HBs), which is a blood test that searches for these antibodies to detect the presence of the virus.

When your test results are ready, you will be put in contact with one of our physicians. Depending on your situation, he or she will talk to you about your next steps and, if necessary, talk to you about treatment.

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Are there treatment or care options for Hepatitis C?

Once you've been tested and diagnosed with hepatitis C, it can't be cured.

In some cases, it clears the body without treatment. For most people, however, treatment by a liver or infectious disease specialist is recommended to manage the virus and avoid developing complications. If you have hepatitis C, we further recommend you get vaccinated for hepatitis A and hepatitis B as precautionary measures (there is no vaccine for hepatitis C). Pneumonia, influenza, and other routine vaccines are also recommended (including diphtheria and tetanus).

What happens if I don't get treatment for Hepatitis C?

Sometimes mild liver issues are left alone without therapeutic treatment. Your doctor may do what's called "watchful waiting" before starting treatment for Hepatitis C. Before any serious treatment begins, there needs to be a confirmatory diagnosis of chronic Hepatitis C. Chronic Hepatitis C is diagnosed when antibodies are present for more than 6 months. It's important to note that there are other major health conditions that can be confused clinically with chronic Hepatitis C so RNA testing is typically ordered to confirm the diagnosis. Courses of antiviral medications like interferon, ribavirin, and combination therapies are used to manage the virus and liver function.

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