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Hepatitis C (HCV) Qualitative Test

Also known as: Hepatitis C antibody; anti-HCV; HCV recombinant immunoblot assay; HCV RIBA; HCV-RNA; Hepatitis C viral load
Formal name: Viral Hepatitis C
Related tests: Hepatitis A; Hepatitis B; Acute Viral Hepatitis Panel; Liver Panel; ALT; AST; GGT, Bilirubin

Why should I do it?
To screen for and diagnose a hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and to monitor treatment of the infection

When should I do it?
When you may have been exposed to the hepatitis C virus, such as through contact with infected blood, have symptoms associated with liver disease, or have risk Factors for hepatitis C infection

What Kind of Sample is Needed?
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?
None