Talk to Me is right! Using a blood donation facility as a free personal diagnostic tool is not only less than 100% accurate, its less than 100% ethical.
If you suspect you might be positive use the phone book & find resources for free screening. Any AIDs project or Hep C resource center can direct you to you a free testing resource that will also include counseling if desired.
As a Hep C+ person it is my responsiblity NOT to infect others and be more educated than the general population. Also as a Hep C+ person I will never accept a blood transfusion as I never know what killer virus is lurking in the wings. I believe the next one will certainly be blood borne & is likely in the blood supply already.
I know there is Hep C (Hep goes up to H last I checked) genotype 4 (goes up to 6) out there now that is as difficult to clear (maybe harder) as type 1.
Post Edited (Pink Grandma) : 4/13/2008 10:57:51 PM (GMT-6)