Recent Blog Articles

Diseases & Conditions

Should I get tested for hepatitis C?

Updated: June 01, 2018

On call

n0618b16207257192667
 Image: © jarun011/Getty Images

Q. I have recently been hearing a lot about getting tested for hepatitis C. I don't think I have any risk factors, but is this something I should consider?

A. Hepatitis C is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the liver. The CDC reports that 75% of all current cases of hepatitis C are in the baby boomer generation and many more are undiagnosed. The reason is that a vast majority of people have no symptoms, such as fatigue, muscle and joint pain, abdominal pain, and nausea.

To continue reading this article, you must log in.

Subscribe to Harvard Health Online for immediate access to health news and information from Harvard Medical School.

  • Research health conditions
  • Check your symptoms
  • Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
  • Find the best treatments and procedures for you
  • Explore options for better nutrition and exercise
Learn more about the many benefits and features of joining Harvard Health Online »

I'd like to receive access to Harvard Health Online for only $4.99 a month.

Sign Me Up

Already a member? Login ».

Disclaimer:

As a service to our readers, Harvard Health Publishing provides access to our library of archived content. Please note the date of last review or update on all articles. No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.