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Hi, im wondering if you get checked for hepatitis b and it's clear does that mean you don't have hepatitis c? or do you need a seperate test? kind reg

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Dr. David Cohen
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
No: They are 2 separate viruses. You would need to get a Hepatitis C antibody level.
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Dr. Daniel Motola
Gastroenterology 15 years experience
These are distinct : viral infections. One does not provide immunity against the other and each is transmitted differently as well as treated differently. If you have risk factors for Hepatits c such as injection drug use , unprotected sex , tattoos, history of blood transfusions at young age you should get tested.
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