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Hepatitis C

Result type: Qualitative

Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). It is generally asymptomatic so someone who has contracted the virus might not know. In cases of chronic hepatitis C, people may develop cirrhosis (scarring of the liver). The LetsGetChecked test looks for antibodies to hepatitis C, which might indicate a current or previous infection.

Result ranges

ReactiveNon-reactive
A reactive test result is not a confirmed diagnosis of hepatitis C, but the blood sample has shown signs that follow-up testing is required.A non-reactive hepatitis C test result means that signs of the infection were not detected in the patient's blood at the time of testing. Although this is a highly accurate test, there is a small risk of a false-negative test result with any form of testing. The risk is greater if the instructions provided with the kit were not followed. There is usually a 6 to 9 week window period from the time of exposure for hepatitis C to become detectable. If a patient tested for hepatitis C before 9 weeks have passed or they are concerned that they might have been exposed to the infection, it is important that the patient repeats the test and talks to their doctor about any concerns.