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What to do after testing positive for hepatitis C

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What should I do if I test positive?

Hepatitis C does not mean bad health problems or liver cancer or death. Over half of people with hepatitis C will never have any health problems from it.

The most important things you can do right now are:

  • Stay in close contact with your health care provider. Explain how you feel and what you're going through.
  • Make sure you show up at your medical appointments.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions about lifestyle, diet and nutrition, and treatment.
  • Learn as much as you can about hepatitis C and how to take care of yourself.
  • Ask for help or support when you need it.

Being diagnosed with hepatitis C can be overwhelming, but remember that you are not alone. Your doctor is there to help you, answer your questions, and refer you to sources of support if you need them (such as support groups or counselors).

For details on next steps, go to Just Diagnosed.