Walk-in Hepatitis Testing & Panels in Arden NC | 1 Brian Blvd

hepatitis testing at AFC Urgent Care

We provide private blood panel testing for hepatitis with the highest quality of care to bring you an accurate diagnosis. Visit our clinic 7 days a week for prompt testing. Results may take 3-4 business days.

What is hepatitis?

Hepatitis is a group of viruses that cause inflammation in the liver. It is generally spread through contact with infected bodily fluids, such as blood and saliva or through contact with contaminated objects, such as needles and razors. The most common types of hepatitis are A, B, and C. Vaccines and treatments are available for some types of hepatitis, but it is still important to practice good hygiene to prevent its spread.

Each virus has its own set of symptoms, but here are common hepatitis symptoms:

  • jaundice
  • fatigue
  • abdominal pain
  • nausea
  • dark urine
  • pale stool
  • vomiting

Hepatitis A

When traces of infected fecal matter contaminate food, drinks or surfaces, Hepatitis A is likely to spread, especially in unsanitary areas. While some may experience symptoms within a week of contact, some people with Hepatitis A may have mild or no symptoms for years. A vaccine is available to prevent the virus, but there is no medication to cure it.

Who is at risk for hepatitis A?

If you travel to locations with high transmission rates, you are more likely to come into contact with the hepatitis A virus. To reduce the chances of infection, practice caution when drinking tap water or eating raw foods in these areas. Employees and children in daycare centers can also be susceptible to the virus if there is a lack of proper hygiene.

Hepatitis B

Liver cancer is predominantly caused by Hepatitis B, which is incredibly damaging to the body. Almost all unimmunized infants who contract hepatitis B will have chronic liver problems for life. Hepatitis B is usually transmitted when the bodily fluids of an infected person – including blood, semen, or vaginal fluid – come into contact with an uninfected person during sexual intercourse. Fortunately, there is a successful vaccine to prevent Hepatitis B, though it remains incurable.

Who is at risk for hepatitis B?

Unprotected intercourse with numerous sexual partners and injecting puts you at risk for hepatitis B. Health care workers exposed to infected people are also at risk, so it is vital to use the right PPE.

Hepatitis C

Transmission of Hepatitis C is normally caused by traces of infected blood, typically found on unhygienic syringes and needles. This can occur with inject drugs, contaminated tattoo needles, or even a mother passing the virus to her newborn baby. While this strain can be spread through sexual intercourse, it is highly improbable. Unfortunately, there is currently no vaccine for Hepatitis C. However, there are curable treatments available.

Who is at risk for hepatitis C?

If you have ever injected illegal drugs, you may be exposed to hepatitis C, even if you do not present any immediate symptoms. If you received a blood transfusion prior to 1992, you could be at risk for the strain since donors were not screened for hepatitis C.

Is hepatitis a sexually transmitted disease (STD)?

Yes. Hepatitis is classified as an STD due to it being usually contracted during sexual intercourse. While all varieties of the virus are dangerous and can be transmitted quickly, the most severe strain to contract through sex is Hepatitis B. This strain can be passed on through semen and vaginal fluids, in addition to blood or contaminated objects like other strains. If you have multiple sexual partners, it is essential to practice safe sex in order to avoid getting or spreading hepatitis.

Learn more about STD Testing services at AFC Urgent Care.

Get Tested for Hepatitis Today

If you suspect you have contracted a strain of hepatitis, visit our walk-in clinic for a blood panel test ASAP. We are ready to assist you and help get the answers you need. Our medical team will give you the quality, confidential care you deserve. Schedule a visit or come by our office today!