What do Pamela Anderson, the dude that played Gomer Pyle, Jim Nabors,  country star, Naomi Judd, Dusty Hill from ZZ Top, and Steven Tyler from Aerosmith have in common?  They all, at one time or another, had Hepatitis C.  How can you be sure  you don't have the disease?  Get tested at Any Lab Test Now.

Hepatitis C is a disease that totally jacks up your liver caused by the Hepatitis C Virus.  Over time, your liver can develop cirrhosis and in some cases, liver failure or liver cancer.  The disease affects an estimated 130-170 million people worldwide and it is the leading cause of liver transplants in the United States.

In other words, it's a very serious disease that can affect anyone.  In fact, I was surprised to find out that Dusty Hill and some of the others on the list had the disease.  For Pam Anderson or Steven Tyler, it's no much of a stretch.  But, you get my point.  It can happen to anyone.

Some of the ways to get the disease include drug use, sexual intercourse, body piercings, or healthcare exposure.  Baby boomers are particularly at-risk because they came of age prior to the medical and lifestyle precautions that surfaced during the HIV outbreak in the 1980s. They weren't aware of the dangers of sharing needles, for example, and hospitals didn't take the same precautions during blood transfusions.Reliable tests to screen the blood supply for hepatitis C were not available until the early 1990s.

If you are worried that you might have Hepatitis C, here is a list of symptoms.

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite or anorexia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark colored urine
  • Grey colored stool
  • Joint pain
  • Jaundice
  • Tenderness in the liver area
  • Swollen stomach or ankles
  • Spider-like thin blood vessels that develop on the skin

If you feel you have symptoms of Hepatitis C, put your mind at ease with a confidential test at Any Lab Test Now.  You'll get results back within 24-48 hours and the test costs about $49 with no tax to worry about.  And, the best thing about it,  is knowing for sure.