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. Carleen McGuffey moderator says:

    Forgive me, I failed to read your second post that shares your blood donation was over 20 years ago. If you haven’t given blood in decades then you need to be tested since we weren’t routinely checking our blood supplies until 1992.

  2. Carleen McGuffey moderator says:

    Hey Catfinger77,

    Since about 1992, when a person donates blood it is checked for infectious blood diseases like HIV, and Hepatitis-C, that is likely why your Dr said you don’t need a Hepatitis-C test, he feels like if you had Hep-C it would have shown up when you donated blood. He’s right as I can personally attest to since I was told about my Hep-C status when I gave blood over 25 years ago. However, I was only told I was positive for the anti-body and not the disease so I figured I had cleared the virus and didn’t address it for decades. Make sure the Bood Donation Center has your current information in case they do want to follow up, you could even call them and ask them about the efficacy of relying on them as a way to determine Hepatitis-C status. I bet they would be able to share with you the chances an infection could slip through their protocols. I personally would want my Dr to check the Hep-C box on the lab slip the next time he draws blood. The test is cheap, effective and more reliable than a Blood Donation Center.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. CaseyH moderator says:

    Hmmm interesting. Yes, I think a second opinion is a good idea in this situation. I’m not sure why getting a test just to be safe wouldn’t be a smart choice, but I’m sure your provider has their own methods that they have been trained in. Although I’m sure your provider is being helpful, a second opinion seems like it would still be a wise idea! Thanks again for sharing, and please let us know how everything turns out! I’m sure what you discover will be helpful to many other members as well! -Casey, HepatitisC.net Team

  6. 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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