How to Get Tested
Where to Get Tested
If you do not have a health-care provider, or if you do not have insurance, here are some resources provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that may help. Some testing sites may even offer free or low-cost testing if you don’t have insurance (but be sure to ask):
- National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) includes a searchable database of organizations and resources that offer hepatitis testing.
- Visit http://www.cdcnpin.org/scripts/search/OrgSearch.aspx.
- Enter your city, county and state, and press “search;” if it does not identify resources directly in your city, try searching for larger cities near you.
- Your state health department may also have information to help identify sites that offer hepatitis C testing.
- Visit http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/international/relres.html.
- Click on your state to view your state’s health department website.
Should I Get Tested?
Hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver cancer, liver failure and liver transplants in the U.S. The sooner people learn they have hepatitis C, the better their chances are of preventing liver damage.
Talk to your health-care provider about getting tested for hepatitis C if you are a baby boomer (those born between 1945 and 1965) or have one or more of the following risk factors:
- You had a blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992.
- You have a tattoo or body piercing.
- You have used intravenous drugs even once.
- You work in a health-care setting.
- You have HIV.