Does Hep C Have Symptoms? Can I Get A Hep C Test In Winter Park? And Other Frequently Asked Questions

Does Hep C Have Symptoms? Can I Get A Hep C Test In Winter Park? And Other Frequently Asked Questions

Hep C Test In Winter Park

Looking for a Hep C test? Don’t have a lot of time? We can help. With us, you can get your results in minutes, and our team will be with you every step of the way.

Who We Are

We’re a not-for-profit health organization and medical clinic that offers you HIV, Hep C, and STI testing, prevention, and treatment help. Through our STI prevention and outreach programs, we’ll help you get a Hep C test in Winter Park in a caring, welcoming environment that’s totally free of judgment! 

We get lots of questions about how STIs and other infections are transmitted, so we wanted to answer some common ones about Hep C here. 

What Is Hep C?

Hep C, or Hepatitis C, is a liver infection that is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). It is spread through contact with the blood of someone who has Hep C. 

Does Hep C Have Symptoms?

The only way that you can know if you have Hep C is to get tested, which is why we can give you a Hep C test in Winter Park. Most people who have Hepatitis C don’t have any symptoms, so they don’t know that they have it. If symptoms do show up (and this is really rare) they will usually start within 6 to 12 weeks of exposure. 

The symptoms could include:

  • Nausea
  • Lack of appetite
  • Tiredness 
  • Abdominal pain
  • Joint pain
  • And more

What Should I Expect From A Hep C Test In Winter Park?

The test for Hep C is a blood test. It looks for antibodies to the hepatitis C virus in your blood. We have the rapid test, and you can get your results in as little as 15 minutes!

You’re our priority. We want you to have a safe and caring environment so that you can feel completely comfortable with your doctor and our other healthcare providers. And if you have any questions or don’t understand part of the process, our team will answer them and help you along the way.

What Happens If My Hepatitis C Test Is Positive?

If your test is positive, or reactive, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you currently have Hep C. You will need to have an additional test to know for sure. 

Until recently, there was no cure for Hep C infections, but now you have options. With the right medications and regular visits to a healthcare professional, many people are totally cured! That means that their bodies are free from Hepatitis C. These treatments hardly have any side effects, and they have great success.

What Can I Do to Avoid Getting Hepatitis C?Hep C Test In Winter Park

Hep C can be transmitted through sexual activity, but MOST people become infected by sharing needles or syringes. 

If you use needles or syringes to inject drugs, hormones, or steroids, don’t share them! Use a clean one every time. Cleaning equipment with bleach will not prevent Hepatitis C. 

We can help you with this through our syringe exchange program at Hope & Help. You can exchange used needles and syringes to be safely disposed of and receive new, clean syringes  – along with Narcan and other items to ensure you use safely. The CDC estimates that programs like this reduce the spread of Hepatitis C by 50%.

When you have sex, you can talk to your partner(s) about using condoms on penises and sex toys, using latex gloves during finger play, and using condoms or dams during oral sex. We can ship condoms to your door for free if you live in one of the local counties we serve.

Need A Winter Park Hep C Test? You’re In The Right Place!

We have free Hepatitis C tests for our local community. You can visit one of our Orlando offices to get tested and learn about treatment. Contact us today and talk to one of our team members about how you can protect yourself from Hep C!

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