Brecksville, OH (PRWEB) February 25, 2013
As research conducted by the medical community continues, it is common for previously unknown health concerns to come to light. In 2012, it was determined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) that people born between 1945 and 1965 are at high risk for infection with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). The CDC recommends that all members of the “baby boomer” generation receive lab testing for HCV to help determine if their health may be threatened. Request A Test, a leading national provider of direct to consumer lab testing, offers Hepatitis C lab testing along with hundreds of other testing options that anyone can order at affordable pricing. Direct to consumer lab testing allows anyone to order the tests they need without the inconvenience of scheduling a doctor’s appointment or going through an insurance provider. Ordering online or over the phone is quick and simple and you can go to the lab the same day you place your order. Thousands of available lab locations make getting tested easy and convenient. Many tests see results in as little as one business day.
Hepatitis C is the most common blood borne illness in the United States. It is estimated that there are between 2.7 and 3.9 million people living with HCV. Baby Boomers currently account for about 75% of the HCV cases in the USA. The CDC estimates that 1 in 30 members of this generation are infected with HCV. HCV is spread through exposure to infected blood. Some common ways that HCV is spread include sharing needles during intravenous drug use, through tattoo or piercing instruments that are not properly cleaned and sterilized, and the sharing of contaminated personal items such as toothbrushes or razors. Prior to 1992, there was a risk of HCV being spread through blood transfusions and organ transplants. Stricter screening procedures on blood and organ donors had significantly reduced that risk. There is a risk of spreading HCV through sexual contact, especially for people who have multiple sexual partners. Nearly 80% of HCV infections are asymptomatic. When symptoms do occur, nausea, poor appetite, vomiting, and fever are the most common. The common nature of these symptoms and the fact that most cases show no symptoms for years leads to many cases of HCV being undiagnosed. Untreated HCV can lead to serious liver complication such as Fibrosis, Cirrhosis, and Liver Cancer. Ordering lab testing for HCV can help a person’s doctor to properly diagnose and treat HCV infection. Early diagnosis and treatment significantly reduce the risk of health complications and death resulting from HCV. The CDC’s recommendation is for Baby Boomers to start by ordering a Hepatitis C Antibodies Test and follow up with a Quantitative HCV PCR test if the antibodies test comes back with a positive result.
Request A Test wants everyone to recognize the importance of getting tested to determine if they may be suffering from health problems like HCV. Infections like Hepatitis C can go years without showing any obvious symptoms but can lead to life threatening complications. Request A Test offers a number of HCV lab testing options including the Hepatitis C Antibody and Hepatitis C PCR Quantitative tests that are recommended by the CDC. Customers can go to the Hepatitis testing category at Request A Test’s website to easily select the test they need.
To place and order or for more information about HCV testing as well as any of the other testing options from Request A Test, go to RequestATest.com or call 1-888-732-2348 to speak to a representative.
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