Testing is available to help you screen patients for HCV
Screen patients for HCV antibody test with reflexive viral RNA test from your preferred lab. With this testing, the lab will first test for HCV antibody. If the result is reactive, the laboratory will automatically perform an HCV RNA test.
HCV antibody test
An HCV antibody test is used to screen for past exposure and current infection. It detects the presence of antibodies to the virus, indicating exposure to HCV. This test cannot distinguish whether someone has an active or a previous HCV infection.
HCV RNA test
A blood test for the presence of HCV RNA will confirm an HCV diagnosis in patients who test positive for HCV antibodies. The CDC recommends that all positive antibody tests be followed by an HCV RNA test to determine whether or not the patient has an active infection. 1,2
Order an HCV antibody test with reflexive viral RNA test
Many commercial labs offer reflexive testing for HCV. Search for an HCV antibody test with reflexive viral RNA test from your preferred lab’s test menu:
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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Guidelines for Laboratory Testing and Result Reporting of Antibody to Hepatitis C Virus.
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5203a1.htm. Updated January 2003. Accessed March 27, 2017.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Viral hepatitis – hepatitis C information. https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hcv/guidelinesc.htm. Updated October 2015. Accessed March 16, 2017.