New York Hepatitis C Testing

We offer our patients testing and treatment STD Testing in New York. We use the Hepatitis C Surface Antibody test on your urine to look for signs that you may have been exposed to the hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis C is a commonly found STD, but you still have to get tested before you can receive care. Treatment is generally antibiotics. Everyone living in the New York and Greater New York Area 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 show any symptoms, but some symptoms may be: fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, vomiting or jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes).

Chronic hepatitis C can also fail to display symptoms until many years later when the disease has already progressed to more serious conditions like liver damages that may occur are more severe than symptoms of acute hepatitis C. They include: abdominal pain, bone pain, excessive bleeding and weight gain.

What is Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is caused by a virus that makes your liver swell. Because the disease does not often show symptoms until late in the disease, you may not know that you have it. Acute hepatitis C is a stage of the virus that occurs during the first 6 months after infection. If the virus is detected and treated early, it's possible to clear the virus and fight off the disease. When hepatitis C lasts for more than 6 months, it's called chronic hepatitis C. This is a serious disease that can lead to liver failure, liver cancer, and even death. Roughly 75 to 85 percent of people who become infected with hepatitis C virus develop a chronic (long-lasting) infection. The CDC estimates that 3.2 million people in the United States have chronic hepatitis C.

What is the test for Hepatitis C?

The hepatitis C Surface Antibody Test (Anti-HBs) is a blood test that looks for antibodies to the hepatitis C virus. What does this mean? If you have been exposed to the virus, your body will make antibodies to fight the virus. The hepatitis C Test is simple - one quick blood draw taken by our trained staff and you'll be on your way.

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What are the possible results from my Hepatitis C Test?

If your results show that you are positive for hepatitis C, there is a possibility that this result is a "false-positive" result. Your doctor may want to run another test to confirm these results. If your results end up being positive after the second test, your doctor will determine how to treat the virus. Acute hepatitis C can go away on its own. However, Chronic hepatitis C is a long-term disease that can be treated with antiviral medication to stop it from getting worse.

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?

If your test results for Hepatitis C come back as positive, then it means that the test has determined that you have contracted the Hepatitis C virus.

Unfortunately there is no cure for Hepatitis C at this time. Most people infected seek care and treatment options from either a liver or an infectious disease specialist to help manage the virus and avoid any future complications from developing.

It's also recommended that anyone who tests positive for Hepatitis C, also gets vaccinated for Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, as those are precautionary viruses that can be prevented. Some medical professionals may recommend getting vaccinated for p influenza, and other routine vaccines at the times; 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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