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Must I Answer Personal Questions?

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Must I answer personal questions?

Your health care provider may want to discuss your sexual or drug-use history with you. This can help better assess your risk for hepatitis C. Your provider also can give you some recommendations on how to reduce your risk for getting hepatitis C or for transmitting it to others.

If these questions make you feel uncomfortable, you can say that you'd rather not answer them.

Things to remember about getting tested for hepatitis C in the VA system:

  • Testing is voluntary. It is a decision that you and your doctor can make together.
  • If you don't want to have a test for hepatitis C, it will not keep you from receiving other medical care from the VA.
  • Your test results will go on your medical record.
  • The VA is not the military. You won't lose your VA benefits just because you engage in certain drug or sexual behaviors.