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Hepatitis C is primarily spread through contact with the blood of an infected person. The most common ways that hepatitis C is spread include:

  • Sharing needles or other equipment used to inject drugs. This is the most common way that hepatitis C is spread.
  • Having unprotected sex with an infected person. However, this is a less common way to spread hepatitis C.
  • From an infected mother to her baby during birth
  • Accidental needle sticks or exposure to an infected person's blood in a healthcare setting
  • Sharing personal items like razors or toothbrushes with an infected person
  • Tattoo or piercing with unsterilized needles or equipment
  • Exposure to blood on the job, such as for healthcare workers.

It's important to note that hepatitis C is not spread through casual contact such as hugging, sharing food or drinks, or using the same restrooms. It is important to test for Hepatitis C and get medical treatment if needed to prevent the virus from progressing to chronic infection.

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medication taken daily that can help prevent the contraction of HIV. It works by blocking the virus from entering and infecting cells in the body. When taken as prescribed, PrEP is highly effective at preventing HIV.

While missing doses of PrEP can decrease its effectiveness in preventing HIV infection, it still has some level of protection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that even if someone misses several doses, the medication still provides some level of protection against HIV.

It's important to note that if you miss doses of PrEP or stop taking it altogether, your risk of contracting HIV increases. For maximum protection, it's recommended to take PrEP consistently and as prescribed. To ensure that you continue to receive the protection you need, it's important to talk to your healthcare provider about strategies to help you stay on track with your PrEP regimen. At LifeLine Health, we can help.

It's also worth to note that taking PrEP alone may not protect against other sexually transmitted infections and other protective measures such as regular testing, barrier methods, and practicing safer sex should be used in conjunction with PrEP.

There are several ways to prevent the contraction and spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs):

1. Abstinence: Avoiding sexual contact altogether is the most effective way to prevent STDs.
2. Condom use: Consistently and correctly using condoms during sexual activity can greatly reduce the risk of contracting STDs.
3. Regular testing: Getting tested for STDs on a regular basis and discussing your sexual health with your partner(s) is important to ensure early detection and treatment.
4. Vaccinations: Getting vaccinated for certain STDs such as HPV and Hepatitis B can help prevent their contraction.
5. Limiting the number of sexual partners: Having fewer sexual partners decreases the risk of contracting an STD.
6. PrEP: for HIV, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medication taken daily that can help prevent the contraction of HIV
7. PEP: for HIV, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is a medication that can be taken after possible exposure to HIV to prevent infection.
8. Get treated if you do have an STD. Many STDs can be treated and cured, which helps prevent their spread.

It's important to remember that STDs can have serious long-term health consequences if left untreated, and it's important to take steps to protect yourself and your partners. If you have any concerns or questions about your sexual health, please contact LifeLine Health today.

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Hepatitis C Testing and Treatment ​

Hepatitis C is a serious viral infection that can cause serious liver damage. At LifeLine Health, we understand the importance of early detection and treatment for hepatitis C. We offer a wide range of care services to support people living with the virus, including: 

    • Testing and diagnosis: We provide accurate and reliable testing for hepatitis C, as well as counseling and support for those who test positive. 
    • Treatment: We offer the latest treatments for hepatitis C, including direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy. Our team of specialists will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that is right for you. 
    • Monitoring: Our team of specialists will monitor your progress throughout treatment and provide ongoing support to ensure the best possible outcome. 
    • Education and support: We provide education and resources on hepatitis C, including information on managing symptoms, reducing the risk of transmission, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 

At LifeLine Health, our goal is to provide the best possible care to people living with hepatitis C. We are dedicated to helping you achieve a cure and improve your overall health. So, if you're concerned about Hepatitis C, don't hesitate to make an appointment with us. We'll provide you with the support and care you need to manage your condition and improve your health.

How do I know if I need to be tested for hepatitis C?

There are several factors that can indicate the need for a hepatitis C test: 

  • Risk behavior: People who have engaged in high-risk behaviors, such as injecting drugs, having multiple sexual partners, or sharing needles, are at an increased risk of contracting hepatitis C and should get tested. 
  • Symptoms: Symptoms of hepatitis C can include fatigue, jaundice, abdominal pain, and dark urine. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should get tested for hepatitis C. 
  • Previous exposure: If you have been exposed to hepatitis C in the past, such as through a blood transfusion before 1992, you should get tested. 
  • Regular testing: Some individuals should be regularly tested for hepatitis C, such as baby boomers (people born between 1945 and 1965), people with chronic liver disease, people with HIV infection, people who received blood transfusions or organ transplants before 1992. 
  • Pregnancy: Pregnant women should be tested for Hepatitis C as part of their prenatal care, to prevent mother-to-child transmission. 

It's important to contact LifeLine Health today to discuss your risk factors and testing recommendations, we will provide guidance on how frequently you need to be tested and also they can guide you on how to prepare for the test and interpret the results. Even if you don't have any specific reason, it's always good to have knowledge of your hepatitis C status, so it would be beneficial for you to be regularly screened.

Listen To What Our Patients Say…

Cristina Anderson

I am thankful to the nice people at Lifeline Health. I was so scared when I found out I had been exposed. They guided me and made me feel so at ease. I have not had an issues and I know it's because I went to Lifeline Health first.

Juan Bustamonte

Thankfully there are places like Lifeline Health to get tested. This place is lowering the risk for our community by educating us and providing the resources to stay healthy. They are making positive changes in the community. 

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