Talking about testing - considerations

What should I consider before taking a test?

If you think that you have ever been at risk of contracting Hepatitis C, it is worth discussing the pros and cons of getting tested. Being properly prepared for a test result, either positive or negative, will help you make the right decisions afterwards.  For instance, think about your circumstances right now.  If they're stressful, can you do anything to relieve that stress, so you can cope better with the result?  This is the only reason you should delay in asking for a test though.  Remember you can only begin a path towards treatment for a cure if you have been diagnosed in the first place.

It was April 2002 before I was finally diagnosed with Hep C, which I realised I had probably contracted 40 years previously.


Can I talk to someone first before getting tested?

Yes, this is very important. Qualified professionals are available to help you talk everything through such as:

  • The overwhelming emotions you might feel if the result is positive.
  • Choosing a friend (or qualified professional) to support you through the testing process.
  • The effect on your partner, family and friends.
  • The effect that living with Hep C has on other areas of your life, e.g. insurance, travel, etc.

You can discuss these and other considerations many times before you decide to go ahead with testing. This gives you time to plan and make changes if necessary. To talk with someone regarding Hepatitis C testing, visit our support services page.

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