Hepatitis C

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About the Test

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes inflammation of the liver. It is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and is primarily spread through contact with contaminated blood, such as sharing needles or other injecting equipment. Hepatitis C can also be spread through sexual contact, although this is less common.

In many cases, hepatitis C does not cause symptoms, so people may be infected for years before being diagnosed. When symptoms do occur, they may include fatigue, abdominal pain, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), and a general feeling of being unwell.

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Sample Type :

SFingerstick

Results :

  Results are usually ready within 20 minutes.

Cost of Test :

    Price: $69

Hepatitis C (HCV)

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes inflammation of the liver. It is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and is primarily spread through contact with contaminated blood, such as sharing needles or other injecting equipment. Hepatitis C can also be spread through sexual contact, although this is less common.

In many cases, hepatitis C does not cause symptoms, so people may be infected for years before being diagnosed. When symptoms do occur, they may include fatigue, abdominal pain, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), and a general feeling of being unwell.

If left untreated, hepatitis C can cause serious liver damage, including cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) and liver cancer. However, with proper treatment, it is possible to cure the infection in more than 90% of cases. Treatment typically involves a combination of antiviral medications taken for several weeks or months.

It is important to get tested for hepatitis C if you think you may have been exposed to the virus. The test usually involves a blood test to check for the presence of the virus or antibodies to the virus. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent serious liver damage and improve health outcomes.

The hepatitis C antibody test is a blood test that checks for the presence of antibodies to the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in a person’s blood. Antibodies are proteins produced by the immune system in response to an infection, and they can provide evidence of previous or current exposure to the virus.

The hepatitis C antibody test is typically used as the first step in diagnosing HCV infection. If the test is positive, it indicates that the person has been exposed to the virus and has developed antibodies to it. However, it does not necessarily mean that the person has an active HCV infection.

In cases where the antibody test is positive, a follow-up test called a viral load test or a qualitative HCV RNA test is needed to determine if the virus is actively replicating in the body and causing illness. This will help determine if treatment is necessary and can also provide information about the genotype of the virus, which can help guide the selection of treatment.

It’s important to note that there is a period of time after exposure to HCV (known as the “window period”) when antibodies to the virus may not yet be present in the blood. During this time, a person may have the virus but still test negative for antibodies. This is why it is recommended to get retested a few weeks or months after a possible exposure to the virus.

What Does This Test Tell Me?

Presence or absence of the HCV antibodies

Test Details:

Greater than 98% accurate