My GP says I don’t need a Hep C test because I’ve given blood in the past. Is he correct?

I’m a 68 yr old male.

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  1. Profile photo of Catfinger77 Catfinger77 author says:

    Thanks for your reply. I have never had Hep C as far as I know. I never used drugs or needles, other than marijuana a few times very long ago. I also have had routine blood work every year for the last thirty years or so and never told there was any problem with my liver. I am not particularly worried about hep c per se, but I have read PSA alerts saying Boomers should get tested. I just wondered why my GP would not refer me for the test if it is generally recommended for my age group.

  2. Profile photo of Catfinger77 Catfinger77 author says:

    Also, I have not given blood for twenty five to thirty years. I will probably see another physician and get a second opinion as well. Thanks again.

  3. Profile photo of CaseyH CaseyH moderator says:

    This is quite an interesting question, Catfinger77. I think we’d need a little more information in order to point you in the right direction with an answer. Did you previously have Hep C and get cured? And since then, you’ve given blood? Or have you never had Hep C and are trying to get a blood test to be safe?

    In either case, I would probably suggest getting a second opinion on this issue. If you’ve previously had the virus, it does not make you immune to re-contracting the virus at a later date if you are re-exposed. Which is why especially if you feel like you have potentially come into contact with the virus again, it would be a good idea to get tested again. Even if you’ve never had the virus, it still may not be a bad idea to get tested if you feel the need, or feel it would put your mind at ease. Regardless of your specific situation, it’s never a bad idea to get a second opinion on this from a medical professional, especially if it’s something that is bothering you and you feel you need. If you do get a chance to talk to your provider again, or seek out a second opinion, let us know how it goes! Also, feel free to fill us in on any additional details of your situation so we can better assist you!

    -Casey, HepatitisC.net Team

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