for Veterans and the Public
Hepatitis C is a disease that affects your liver. It is caused by the hepatitis C virus (called HCV, for short). According to published studies, almost 4 million people in the United States have hepatitis C. Veterans using VA facilities have rates of hepatitis C that are higher than those of the general population.
Here are some 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.