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Mental Health--Denial

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Denial - Hepatitis C for Patients

People who find out that they have hepatitis C often deal with the news by denying that it is true. This is a natural and normal first reaction.

At first, this denial may be helpful, because it can give you time to get used to the idea of having hepatitis C. However, if not dealt with, denial can be dangerous--you may fail to take certain precautions or reach out for the necessary help and medical support.

It is important that you talk out your feelings with your VA health care provider or someone you trust so that you can begin to receive the care and support you need.