Wednesday, November 24, 2010

When is the last time you had a Hepatitis C test?

)If you are HIV Negative, do you know your HEP C status?

Hep C is not only prevelent amongst IV drug users. It is actually more common in non IV Drug users. And especially amongst MSM (Men who have sex with Men). HEP C amongst MSM has become a Worldwide epidemic.

If you are going for your free standard HIV Test, are they also testing you for HEP C?
It's possible to have HEP C and not HIV and vice versa. Ask your doctor or the clinic you go to for a HEP C test.

Also, pay attention to your liver function tests which are usually done with yearly physicals or anytime you have a CMP (complete metabolic panel).  If your ALT and AST number are elevated - it COULD be an indicator of Hep C.

You can get vaccinated against Hep A & B , but no vaccination exists for Hepatitis C. Hepatitis C can lead to serious liver damage, especially if you are co-infected with HIV.

You can listen to my Doctor Dr Daniel Fierer with Mount Sinai Hospital in New York as he spoke at the 2009 International Hepatitis C conference.

Dr Daniel Fierer Speaking at an International Hepatitis C conference in 2009 (Part 1)


Dr Daniel Fierer Speaking at an international Hepatitis C conference in 2009 (Part 2)

Dr Daniel Fierer Speaking at an International Hepatitis C conference in 2009 (Part 3)

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