Hepatitis C Key Messages - Testing

Testing key message

You can have hepatitis C and not know it. The only way to know if you have hepatitis C is to get tested for it.

  • Almost half the people with hepatitis C in Canada do not know they have it. Talk to your nurse or doctor about getting tested for hepatitis C.
  • You can have hepatitis C for many years without having symptoms or feeling sick, even though the virus is injuring your liver.
  • You usually get two tests: the first test checks if you have ever had hepatitis C. A second test confirms if you have hepatitis C right now.
  • Treatment cures over 95% of people with hepatitis C.
  • If you have hepatitis C, talk to your nurse or doctor about your treatment options.
  • No one is immune to hepatitis C, even if you have had it before. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C.

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