Hepatitis C Test Options
Fast, Private Hepatitis C Testing
Our Medical Advisory Board has selected the Hepatitis C Antibody Test with Reflex to HCV RIBA. This highly sensitive, FDA-approved hepatitis C test detects both newly acquired and long-term infections. Hepatitis C testing uses a small blood sample for a quick, accurate and confidential testing experience.
The Hepatitis C Test Process
Hepatitis C Test Details
The Hepatitis C Antibody Test screens for antibodies, the body’s immune response to the hepatitis C virus (HCV). If positive activity is identified, the Reflex to HCV RIBA is performed for confirmation. This hepatitis C test can detect both acute (newly acquired) and chronic (long-term) infections.
Test for Hepatitis C Locally
Testing for hepatitis C is performed at one of our local testing locations. With nearly 4,000 STD testing locations in our network, there’s likely a facility near your home or work. Appointments are never required; simply walk in anytime the lab is open.
Hepatitis C Test Result Process
Hepatitis C test results are available within 1 to 5 business days through our secure, online portal or phone. Certified STD counselors are available to help interpret STD test results and answer any questions throughout the STD testing process.
Things to Know Before Your Hepatitis C Test
When to Test for Hepatitis C
A hepatitis C test can detect antibodies within a few weeks after exposure, but experts recommend waiting 8 to 9 weeks for the most accurate results.1 Many of those with hepatitis C are unaware of their status; a hepatitis C test is most recommended for those born between 1945 and 1965; current or past IV drug users; and those who come in contact with blood, such as healthcare workers.
Recognizing Hepatitis C Symptoms
70% to 80% of people with hepatitis C do not experience noticeable symptoms.2 When present, symptoms may mimic the flu and include fatigue, mild fever, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and jaundice. Hepatitis C symptoms are vague, so it's best not to rely on symptoms to signal an infection. A test for this virus is the only way to diagnose the infection.
Why Test for Hepatitis C
Approximately 3.2 million people in the U.S. have a chronic hepatitis C infection, which makes it the most common bloodborne illness.3 It’s important to diagnose and treat hepatitis C early, as it can cause liver damage, cirrhosis and liver cancer.
Positive? We’ll Help You With Hepatitis C Treatment
We don’t stop at STD testing. Upon results, trained STD counselors are on call to answer your most pressing questions and help interpret test results. For positive hepatitis C results, staff physicians are available for a complimentary, one-on-one phone consultation to discuss positive results, provide medical information and help you find the best treatment options.
* ABOUT HIV TESTING
The HIV early detection test is a DNA-based test that can detect the virus as early as two weeks after possible exposure. However, our physician's recommend pairing the early detection test with the HIV Standard test, which is considered the "gold standard" in HIV screening. However, it may take up to 12 weeks for the HIV Standard test to provide accurate results. Repeat HIV testing is recommended for sexually active adults with multiple partners or concern of exposure.