There is no swabbing or undressing during our hepatitis C blood test. When you visit one of our test centers, a skilled lab tech will draw a small sample of blood, then you can be on your way minutes later. The test sample will be tested for hepatitis C via the FDA-approved enzyme immunoassay (EIA) test. The EIA searches for antibodies that are developed by the body to combat the infection. Our doctors recommend testing for hepatitis C 8-9 weeks after initial exposure to give the body time to develop enough detectable antibodies.
Our FDA-approved hepatitis C blood test searches for antibodies in the blood. When antibodies are detected, our test will return a positive result. A positive result indicates that you do have hepatitis C. A negative result means that no antibodies were found in your blood, meaning no hepatitis C was found in your blood.
It is important to get tested for hepatitis C if any of the following applies to you:
Whether or not women receive testing for hepatitis C typically depends on whether or not she is or has been an intravenous drug user, as HCV testing is not part of routine prenatal care. However, for women who are pregnant and HIV- positive, it is important to get tested as HIV breaks down the body's immune system, making it easier to contract other illnesses including sexually transmitted diseases.