https://liverfoundation.org/for-patients/about-the-liver/diseases-of-the-liver/hepatitis-c/treating-hepatitis-c/Using a home Hepatitis C test is a practical and convenient way to keep on top of your health. This blood-borne virus causes inflammation of the liver. For some, it is a short-term illness. However for many, Hepatitis C can becomes a long-term, chronic infection that causes many complications, including death. The best way to curb the seriousness of the infection is to be tested regularly and get treatment if you are diagnosed.
Hepatitis C can be transmitted through sexual intercourse. In fact, since it is blood-borne virus, it can also be transmitted when you share unsterilized needles or other injection equipment. This includes the needles that used for tattooing and body piercing.
Choosing Your Home Hepatitis C Test
Using a home Hepatitis C test can help you get diagnosed and treated if the infection is present in your body. Luckily, with myLAB Box you can test from the comfort of your home. Not only that, you even have several testing options so you can customize how comprehensive your testing experience is. No matter which test kit you choose, the process will be simple and you will get accurate, lab-certified results.
Option #1: Your first option is a straightforward Hepatitis C test. This test allows you to test for Hep C for quick, accurate results.
Additional options allow you to test for multiple infections at once using a single sample set. Here are your even-more-comprehensive options:
Option #2: Uber Box: This 8-panel test screens for Hepatitis C, along with Herpes Simplex Type II (HSV-2), HIV I & II, Syphilis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Trichomoniasis.
Option #3: Love Box: This test kit encourages couples to test with one another. It screens for the same eight infections as the Uber Box. However, it includes two test kits so that partners can test together.
Option #4: Total Box: This is the ultimate all-inclusive test kit. In fact it’s the most comprehensive at-home test on the market, screening for 14 different infections at once. In addition to a Hepatitis C test, it screens for Gonorrhea (genital, throat and rectal), Chlamydia (genital, throat and rectal), Mycoplasma genitalium, HIV I & II, Herpes Simplex Type II (HSV-2), Syphilis, and Trichomoniasis. You can even add an optional HPV test for women 30 years of age and older.
Using Your Home Hep C Test
The process of testing with a myLAB Box at-home test is easy. You’ll just follow a few simple steps. Here’s how it works:
- Order a home testing kit. You even get free shipping! In a matter of days, you will receive your test kit in the mail. It will arrive in a discreet package.
- Collect a sample using the easy-to-follow instructions. You can test at any time and from any place. This step only takes five minutes.
- Return your sample for testing using your pre-paid return envelope. This is already included with your test kit.
- Receive your lab-certified results online in just days. You will get an email when your results are ready. Simply log into myLAB Box’s private and secure portal to get your results.
What If You Don’t Use a Hepatitis C Test?
If you test and are diagnosed with Hep C, you can nip the virus in the bud. The latest antiviral drugs can cure Hepatitis C. However, if you don’t get tested or treated, the virus will progress through a series of stages, becoming more serious along the way. Remember, Hepatitis C may not show any visible symptoms. If it does, here is what you may experience:
Normal Hepatitis C: fatigue, muscle aches, tenderness in the abdomen, dark yellow urine and a yellow tinge in your eyes and skin
Acute Hepatitis C: nausea, low-grade fever, chills, itchy skin, loss of appetite, mood swings, an accumulation of fluid at the feet and blood in your vomit.
Chronic Hepatitis: During this last stage, you may stop noticing any symptoms for up to several years. After a period of latency, Hepatitis C can resurface as liver inflammation and scarring. This can result in complications, including liver cirrhosis, liver cancer, and can ultimately cause death.
As you can see, Hepatitis C can become a serious problem. The best way to make sure you remain healthy is by taking one of myLAB Box’s at-home tests. As we often say: don’t stress, just test!
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