Hepatitis C Testing
Our Accurate Hepatitis C Testing
Our testing centers use hepatitis C tests that are approved by the FDA. These are tests screen for antibodies that are created by the body to counter the virus. The test uses a small blood sample which means you will not have to go through uncomfortable processes of undressing or swabbing. All our tests are accurate with a 100% sensitivity rate and 99.99% specificity.
What You Need To Know About Hepatitis C Test
How We Do The Hepatitis C Test
The hepatitis C testing uses a blood sample to screen for antibodies produced by the body to combat the virus. You only need to provide a small blood sample.
Hepatitis C Test Preparation
Since this is a test that requires just a small amount blood sample, there is no need for any special preparation. You just walk into a testing center and provide the sample.
When Do I Take The Hepatitis C Test?
There is a difference in how different bodies handle the hepatitis C virus. Typically, it takes about 8 to 9 weeks for the body to produce antibodies to fight the virus. This is the right time to get tested because the results will be more accurate. There needs to be a follow-up test after three months to confirm the results.
What Do Hepatitis C Results Mean?
If the results come back negative, it means that you do not have the virus. In case the results come back positive, it means that you have the hepatitis C virus. Though rare, there is a chance for a false positive. This is based on the fact that your body could have fought the virus before. In case the results come back positive the doctors might ask that you take a follow-up test to confirm the results.
Is There A Hepatitis C Cure?
There might be no need for treatment regardless of whether the infection is acute or chronic. Since its symptoms can pass as the flu, there are many people who are not aware that they have a hepatitis C infection. You can easily manage hepatitis C using the right diet, adequate rest, and taking lots of fluids. It is also important to talk to a liver specialist to check if the liver has been damaged. If left untreated, a hepatitis C infection can lead to liver disease or liver failure. Early diagnosis allows for better management and avoids complications.
Who Should Get A Hepatitis C Test?
Anyone who was born between 1945 and 1965 and people who have had organ transplants or blood transfusions before 1992 should get a hepatitis C test. If you have ever or are still using recreational drugs or having unprotected sex, you need to get tested for hepatitis C the next time you test for STDs.
When Should I Get A Hepatitis C Test?
If you have had unprotected sex with a person with hepatitis C, it’s important to get tested. Getting exposed to needles and drug injection equipment is also a reason to get tested. Early testing gives room for prevention of chronic hepatitis C.
As you get tested for hepatitis C it is also important to get tested for other STDs. This is because having one STD means that you are at a greater risk of getting infected with others. Take the comprehensive STD test that covers 10 most common STDs and take control of your sexual health.