In order to prepare for your office visit:

  • Write down any symptoms or concerns that you have about your health
  • Write down your questions about Hepatitis C
  • List all of your medications, vitamins and supplements you are taking
  • Consider bringing a friend or family member with you so that you will have extra help remembering and understanding that we discuss. Having the support of a friend or family member that is well informed of Hepatitis C treatment information can be very helpful!

Your First Visit

At the first office visit we will review any of the blood tests that have been completed by your family health practitioner. Most family practitioners check basic tests that show Hepatitis C. However, there are many tests needed to fully determine what kind of treatment, how long of a treatment, and the chance of cure you can expect. We will answer as many of the following questions during the first office visit but some answers will be given when you return for your second office visit after all of the important tests are completed.
Important questions that we will answer during the office visit include:

  • How much Hepatitis C virus do I have in my body?
  • Has the Hepatitis C virus damaged my liver?
  • Do I need treatment for Hepatitis C infection?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the benefits of each treatment option?
  • What are the potential risks of each treatment option?
  • Is there one treatment you think is best for me?
  • I have other medical conditions. How will these affect my Hepatitis C treatment?
  • Should my family be tested for Hepatitis C?
  • Is it possible for me to spread Hepatitis C to others?
  • How can I protect the people around me from Hepatitis C?
  • What will the cost of treatment be, and will my insurance cover it?
  • Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take with me? What websites do you recommend?
  • How often will I need to be seen in the office?
  • Is it safe for me to drink alcohol?
  • What medications should I avoid?

Don’t hesitate to ask questions during the appointment or let the nurse practitioner know if you don’t understand something!!

What to expect from the nurse practitioner?

Your nurse practitioner is likely to ask you a number of questions. Being ready to answer will help make sure there is time to cover all of the important information. The nurse practitioner may ask:

  • Have you ever had a blood transfusion or an organ transplant? If so, when?
  • Have you ever used IV drugs or snorted drugs that were not prescribed medicines? If so, when was the first time you did this (even if it was only once)? Are you still using these drugs or smoking pot?
  • Do you drink alcohol? If so, how much daily?
  • Do you have a tattoo?
  • Do you have a history of severe depression or suicide attempt?
  • Have you ever had Hepatitis B or Hepatitis A vaccinations (shots)?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with Hepatitis or jaundice?

Adapted from information retrieved from Mayo Clinic at