Hepatitis C Screening


Hepatitis C Screening

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that primarily affects the liver and can lead to both acute and chronic diseases. Chronic Hepatitis C infection can result in severe liver damage, cirrhosis, and an increased risk of liver cancer. Screening for Hepatitis C involves blood tests to detect the presence of the virus and assess its activity. Here are the common tests used for Hepatitis C screening:

Hepatitis C Antibody Test:

This blood test detects antibodies to the Hepatitis C virus (anti-HCV). A positive result indicates exposure to the virus at some point, but it doesn’t necessarily mean current infection. Additional testing is needed to confirm active infection.

Sample Requirement

Blood Sample Type:

Venous Blood: A venous blood sample is most commonly used for Hepatitis C Screening. It is drawn from a vein, usually in the arm, using a needle and a collection tube.