I have not taken IV drugs nor am I a baby boomer
(born 1945 to 1965) but there is a family member in our household who was
diagnosed with hepatitis C and I got a small tattoo when I was 15 at my friends
house when we were fooling around, would it be a good idea for me to get tested?
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.
I have Medi-Cal (California Medicaid) and have been recently
diagnosed with hepatitis, how can I find out when I can start treatment?
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.
I am feeling some pain on the right side of my stomach,
am tired much of the time and do not have a doctor or medical insurance and have
some risk factors in my past, how can I get tested for viral hepatitis?
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.
I have a friend that said they have hepatitis C, and they are in recovery,
and they don't seem to be getting medical care and appear to be getting worse, how can I help them?
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.
My wife just found out she is pregnant, she moved here with her
family twenty years ago from Asia, her parents are now deceased, and she does not
remember if she has ever been vaccinated for hepatitis B or even tested, what should we do?
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 nations blood supply was not safe because we didn't have a
screening process for whole blood in place to detect the virus.
If I want to learn more about viral hepatitis,
where is the best place to access information that is easy to understand?
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 very helpful.
Your pursuit for information shouldn't be very 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.