HEPATITIS C AB
CAN I GET A LAB TEST FOR HEPATITIS C AT ANY LAB TEST NOW?
Yes. We offer the Hepatitis C (HCV) Antibody Lab Test.
AM I REQUIRED TO FAST FOR THIS LAB TEST?
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY LAB TEST RESULTS?
Test results generally take between 24 to 72 business hours after your specimen is collected.
There are several types of hepatitis – each caused by a different hepatitis virus. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that can be contracted through unprotected sex, using contaminated needles, or other causes. The Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Testonly tests for Hepatitis C (You may want to consider the Hepatitis Panel, also available).
Common Variations of Hepatitis:
• Hepatitis A can be caused by consuming contaminated water or food.
• Hepatitis B can be contracted through sharing contaminated needles, having unprotected sex, or being exposed to infected blood from another person.
• Hepatitis C can be spread by blood from contaminated needles during drug use or tattooing as well as by having unprotected sex.
WHY DO I NEED TO BE TESTED FOR HEPATITIS C?
Hepatitis C often leads to chronic hepatitis, which can progress to cirrhosis and even liver cancer. Early detection of the virus can alert your physician to follow your liver function tests more closely to consider treatments if you have a chronic infection.
OTHER RELEVANT TESTS:
Customers typically purchase the Hepatitis Panel instead of just Hepatitis C Virus Antibody because it tests for 3 variations of the hepatitis virus, not just one. Tests that go along withHepatitis C Virus Antibody Test include the Hepatic Panel and the Basic Check‐Up.
WHAT ARE THE TEST RESULT RANGES?
If your result is positive, you have probably been infected with Hepatitis C. You may not even have any symptoms. Your physician may want you to have further testing to confirm a positive test. If your result is negative, this indicates that you have not been infected with Hepatitis C.
HIGH RESULTS INDICATE:
There are no high results for this test. Test result will show a negative or positive.
LOW RESULTS INDICATE:
There are no low results for this test. Test result will show a negative or positive.
WHAT TYPE OF PHYSICIAN SHOULD I SEE?
If you test results are positive, you should see your primary care physician.