Yes. There is a slight risk if you shared nail clippers with your family member or when you were with your friends fooling around with tattooing that blood may have been shared. So get tested to be on the safe side.
Contact your local county Public Health Department, Infectious Disease Department and ask them where and when you can get tests done, if there is a cost and explain if you have economic barriers affording them. They will refer you to a program or public health laboratory that will accommodate you. If you run into any difficulty, call the county public health medical officer.
Speak with your doctor and also call the client services representative of your managed care health plan and tell them you want to begin treatment as soon as you can. Their number will be clearly visible on their website. If you run into obstacles, go to My Patient Rights’ website to learn more.
Contact the program director of the recovery center that is providing service to your friend and ask them what activity they have that provides a linkage to care and then encourage your friend to follow that process. If there are barriers that seem to be too great to navigate, call the County Social Services Department or the California Hepatitis C Task Force.
Tell her doctor, have her get tested and follow the instructions that she is given once the results of the test are given.
I was born and lived my whole life here in the United States, I had a blood transfusion after a terrible injury in 1972, I have an otherwise healthy life, immunizations are up-to-date, rarely get sick and have dated on and off since college but am ready to settle down, should I get tested for hepatitis C?
Yes, because before 1992 the nation’s blood supply was not safe because we didn’t have a screening process for whole blood in place to detect the virus.
There are links on this website and resources from many organizations that encompass academia, industry, medical journals, government health agencies, community associations and professional scientific associations. There are online support groups through social media. There are also phone hot lines that will give you someone to talk to that can be helpful. Your pursuit for information shouldn’t be difficult whether you go to your public library or surf the internet but let me remind you that if the information you are seeking is about your own medical condition, please discuss this with your doctor directly and work together proactively. You also have a right to your privacy on medical matters when it comes to your workplace. You will learn a great deal from others that are getting care or are now cured of viral hepatitis. You are not alone.