i had risk factors IVDU and as soon as they went up i got the test for hcv...my doctor knew i had risk factors though before my enymes went up ...i think youre right if you dont have any risk factors it seems like the dont atomatically test for hcv
I had a transfusion as an infant 53+ years ago but my doctors ignored that fact since it was such a remote incident. If I didn't get it from that, I had no risk factors other than visiting the dentist 2x/year every year for routine work and had my wisdom teeth extracted, I had 2 C-sections and 4 other surgeries but none required blood or blood products. Basically, my doctor considered me as not having any risk factors.
I definitely think everyone should be tested during routine physicals, etc. How this can be accomplished is beyond me...but I think money talks...the big money needs to get behind it but it probably wouldn't be profitable.
I did not have any risk factors, none. Every time I see a doctor they review the same list to see if any apply, the answer is the same no known or identified source of hep c infection. A large percentage of people do not know how they contracted hep c.
I definitely had the high risk factors, my doctor tested me right away. I wonder how many ppl haven't had any risk factors?? It will be interesting to find out.
I go to the doctor every year for routine physicals. I got blood work once a year. I never high Alt's or Ast"S. I went for a life insurance policy and my insurance agent told me i had Hep C.
Risk Factors for me was i was married to IVDU, i never used drugs, however, i always searched for "works and could have been poked by them, I would rip the works out if i caught him (yea i was a drug addicts nightmare). Other then that i could have shared a toothbrush or nail clippers and of course through intercourse.
I think the way to start is by getting the word out about HCV. I had risk factors, about 30 yrs ago for about 6 months I was an IVDU and after a bad accident I had a transfusion that ended my party days. When AIDS came out I was tested a few times for it but never knew to be tested for HCV. I have always gone for my yearly check-ups and my liver enzymes have always been great, but since I didn't know about HCV and had tested negative for AIDS I choose to not tell about my risk factors since they were apart of a life that hasn't exited in thirty years. It wasn't until a cleint came into the office telling me that he had HCV from a transfusion, I didn't even know what it was or that you got it from blood to blood contact, that was in Nov. I went straight to my GP and was tested for HCV the rest is history. Had I known about HCV I would have tested years ago.