Talking to your doctor

A guide

If you’ve decided to talk to your doctor, that’s a great first step as it means you’re one step closer to finding out if you have Hep C, or one step closer to treating it. Your doctor will probably have a lot information for you, so you should consider bringing a pencil and paper with you to the appointment to write down any questions you have. It’s also recommended to bring another person with you, just in case they think of a question that you may not.

Some people think of the questions they may want to ask before the appointment. Write them down as you think of them so you can be prepared when you meet with your doctor. You can use the list below to help you get started, or download a complete discussion guide. It might seem like a lot to take in, but remember, you’re getting closer to living the cured years.

What tests will you need to do?

If I have Hep C, who should I tell?

Is it curable?

What are the current treatments for Hep C?

What will happen when I am done treatment?

Can I be reinfected after I finish treatment?

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What treatment options are available to me?

  • Which option, or options, might be right for me?
  • Are they all equally effective?
  • What are the side effects?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • How often would I need to take medication or inject myself?
  • Do I need to take medication with food?
  • Will I need to avoid certain things like alcohol during treatment?
  • Can I become pregnant and/or breastfeed during treatment?

How do I get treatment?

What tests will I need to do before I start treatment?

What will happen when I am done treatment?

Can I be reinfected after I finish treatment?

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