Counseling the Patient with Hepatitis C Infection
Last updated: January 17, 2013
After donating blood at a local blood drive, a 55-year-old man was notified that he tested positive on an antibody test for hepatitis C virus. He is upset about the test results, stating, "I don't know how I could have with hepatitis C. I only tried injecting drugs once or twice with my friends when I was in my 20's." He is very worried about how this may affect his health.
Which of the following statements would be appropriate for addressing some of his concerns?