Diagnosed with Hepatitis C? 5 Things To Do

Yumhee Park | Sep 18th 2014

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Being diagnosed with hepatitis C can be very difficult, but the challenge can be reduced by being proactive. Here are five things for a person diagnosed with hepatitis C to do.

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Talk to your doctor about next steps

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Your doctor will suggest the best next steps to take, whether it’s undergoing a liver biopsy or taking medication based on if the virus is chronic or acute. It’s important to discuss all options and your specific needs.

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Discuss your condition with loved ones

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Having a conversation with loved ones about your hepatitis C diagnosis is not easy, but it’s important that they are aware of your condition so they can get themselves checked. A person can contract the virus from sharing toothbrushes or razors. Hepatitis C may also be transmitted through sex or may have been passed on from mother to child, although the rate of that kind of transmission is low.

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Find a support group

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It’s important not to have to deal with a hepatitis C diagnosis alone. There are many online resources and support groups where you can ask questions and simply connect with people who are going through the same thing.

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Focus on your health

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Focus on all aspects of your health-mental and physical. Be sure to avoid foods that can cause more damage to the liver and get in daily exercise, keeping in mind your mental state. Seek a nutritionist, trainer, or support groups to help with this.

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Get regular checkups

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Since hepatitis C increases your chance of liver cancer and liver failure, it’s important to consult your doctor regularly to monitor your status. Taking the necessary next steps, whether it’s a more potent medication or surgery, may increase the likelihood of remission.