Why Hep C testing is important
It’s important to get tested even if there is only a slight chance you may have Hepatitis C, as around half of the current cases in the UK are thought to be undiagnosed.
Even without symptoms, the disease can seriously damage the liver and lead to scarring (cirrhosis). Effective treatment, however, can clear the virus in the majority of cases.
The Hepatitis C antibody test is used to screen for infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The presence of HCV antibodies in the blood indicates exposure to HCV. The test can give a positive result for both active and previous infections.
Please arrive for your blood test well-hydrated.During the test
This test is a simple blood test. A needle is inserted into a vein, usually on the inner arm near the elbow, and a small amount of blood is drawn. You may feel a pricking or scratching sensation.
You can decide how would you like to receive your results. The doctor can call you to talk you through them, you can receive the results by email or you can call us when it is the most convenient for you. As a clinic policy we won’t send nay positive result before the patient has spoken to a doctor.
All of our test packages come with a consultation included in the price, so the doctor can advise you about which tests are suitable for you, as well as discuss your results and any other concerns.
People born between 1945 and 1965 are considered to be at higher risk. Other high risk groups include those who have injected illegal drugs, organ transplant recipients pre-1992, those who have received long-term hemodialysis treatment, or those who have had known exposure to the virus.
The only way to know for sure is to get tested. Once you contract it, the Hepatitis C virus can cause damage to your liver without you experiencing any symptoms, so if you are unsure, it is important that you come in for a test.