for Veterans and the Public
Must I answer personal questions? - Hepatitis C for Patients
Your health care provider may want to discuss your sexual or substance 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 VA:
- Testing is voluntary.
- If you don't want to have a test for hepatitis C, it will not keep you from receiving other medical care from VA.
- Your test results will go on your medical record.
- VA is not the military. You won't lose your VA benefits just because you engage in certain drug or sexual behaviors.