Hepatitis C Test
Testing for Hepatitis C
The Hepatitis C Antibody Test is an FDA-approved test. We use this test across all our certified test centers. The Hepatitis C Antibody Test identifies the antibodies manufactured by your body in response to the Hepatitis C virus infection. Only a blood sample is all that is needed to run the test, nothing else.
About Hepatitis C Testing
Does this Hepatitis C Testing Make Use Of Blood or Urine?
Hepatitis C uses a small sample of blood for the test. There is no need to sit through uncomfortable undressing or swabs.
Does the test require any preparations from me?
No, this test does not require you to prepare in any way before appearing at the testing center.
What is the ideal time to get tested for Hepatitis C?
Once the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infects the body, it takes the immune system about 8 to 9 weeks to produce the antibodies. Since the test is designed to look for antibodies in the bloodstream, our doctors recommend the patients take a test around this time. Moreover, if you have already been tested positive for HCV once, it is only prudent to get tested after another three months to confirm that the infection has not relapsed.
What do the results mean?
If the results are negative, then you have no HCV antibodies in your blood, which indicates that there is no HCV infection. If your results are positive, then HCV antibodies are present in your bloodstream. This can mean two things. In 90% of the cases, it means the patient is suffering from an HCV infection. In 10% of the cases, it may mean false positives, which may be lingering in the blood, if you have had an infection in the past. In either case, our doctors will run some more tests to ascertain your medical condition.
Is Hepatitis C curable?
If the Hepatitis C infection is new or acute, it can be managed with the help of a balanced diet, consuming adequate amounts of liquids, and taking enough rest. In the early stage too, it is recommended that you see a doctor, who can keep a check on your liver activity. Alternatively, if you are suffering from a chronic HCV infection, it is imperative that you go to a specialist who can monitor your liver function. If Hepatitis C is diagnosed before it progresses to the chronic stage, it can be treated easily.
Who should get tested for Hepatitis C?
People born in the gap of 20 years between 1945 and 1965 should schedule an HCV test appointment. The same is true for people who have undergone a blood transfusion or organ transplant in or before 1992. Other than these groups, people who take intravenous drugs, have unprotected sexual encounters with strangers, or have a partner suffering from Hepatitis C, should get themselves tested.
When is the right time to get tested for Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C generally shows mild flu-like symptoms. So, if you are suffering from such symptoms, especially after having unprotected sex, if you use intravenous drugs, or your partner has been recently diagnosed with Hepatitis C, then you are at a risk of HCV. The body needs 8 to 9 weeks to identify the viral attack and make antibodies. So, it is advisable that you go for the test only after 8 to 9 weeks of the initial infection. Also, if you have suffered from any STD in the past, it will be a good idea to include HCV testing in your regular STD screening panel.
What if I test positive for Hepatitis C?
If you have tested positive for Hepatitis C, our experienced physicians will help you understand the effect of the disease on the body and help you fight it. They will also guide you as to how you can get cured and the other precautionary measures you should take.