Hepatitis C Test
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The hepatitis C test, also known as the HCV test, anti-HCV test, or a hep C lab test, checks for hepatitis C blood antibody levels.
Hepatitis C is caused by an infection by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C infections typically affect the liver, a major organ located in the upper right part of the abdomen. HCV is typically communicated by blood contact from an infected individual through a contaminated blood transfusion, intravenous drug use, or a needlestick injury in a healthcare worker.
After an infection, may people will have no symptoms. As the hep C virus takes hold in the liver, more symptoms may show up over time, including persistent, worsening jaundice, abdominal pain and fever. In time, a chronic hepatitis C infection can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer. At this time, there is no vaccine for hepatitis C although chronic infections may be curable with antiviral medications. When advanced hepatitis C cannot be cured, then most people with hep C require a liver transplantation. In 2015, data suggests that approximately 143 million people worldwide were infected with Hepatitis C.
After an exposure, there is a delay from the time one was infected with hepatitis C and when the hep c antibodies actually show up on blood test results. In some cases, it may be as long as six months although it is typically shorter in most people. For this particular hepatitis C test, if the blood test comes back positive, or reactive, then the hepatitis C RNA test will automatically be run to confirm the lab result.
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