Hepatitis C (also called hep C or HCV) is a virus that damages the liver. You can be infected with hep C for years without knowing it. If you’re living with HIV and haven’t been tested for hepatitis C, ask your doctor to do so.

Getting a hepatitis C diagnosis can mean changes to health care immediately, or maybe not for years. Hep C can be treated, and in many cases cleared (eliminated from the body), so the sooner you know, the better your options. It’s also good to know your hep C status if you have HIV and are going to start HIV treatment.

If you want to talk to someone about how you’re feeling, or learn more about living with hepatitis C and HIV, we’re here to help.

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