Hepatitis C


Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes liver inflammation, sometimes leading to serious liver damage. The hepatitis C virus (HCV) spreads through contaminated blood.

Overview


Hepatitis C is a liver disease that is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C is a bloodborne disease and exposure to the blood of an infected person may result in infection. Abnormal results may require further evaluation by your physician. This test is used for detecting antibodies to Hepatitis C virus. Since a person with past infection will have a life long antibody response, confirmed positive antibody tests mean that at the person had been exposed to the virus at one time or another. This test is extremely effective in ruling out HCV. The most up to date EIA is capable of antibody detection as early as six-eight weeks. Though a negative test at this time can be extremely useful, it is best to wait about three months to avoid the need for a follow up test. Since as many as 90% of commercial intravenous immunoglobulins test positive for hepatitis C antibody, an artifactual positive can result briefly after transfusion. In August 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued final guidance recommending that all people born during 1945-1965 be tested for Hepatitis C virus (HCV). An analysis of 1999-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data found that 1 in 30 baby boomers is infected with HCV. Plus, baby boomers account for approximately 75% of HCV prevalence in the US. Many were infected before there was any awareness of HCV or how it is transmitted. Furthermore, most are asymptomatic and often unaware of their infection until significant complications from chronic HCV arise.

Test Contents


Hepatitis C is a liver disease that is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C is a bloodborne disease and exposure to the blood of an infected person may result in infection. Abnormal results may require further evaluation by your physician. This test is used for detecting antibodies to Hepatitis C virus. Since a person with past infection will have a life long antibody response, confirmed positive antibody tests mean that at the person had been exposed to the virus at one time or another. This test is extremely effective in ruling out HCV. The most up to date EIA is capable of antibody detection as early as six-eight weeks. Though a negative test at this time can be extremely useful, it is best to wait about three months to avoid the need for a follow up test. Since as many as 90% of commercial intravenous immunoglobulins test positive for hepatitis C antibody, an artifactual positive can result briefly after transfusion. In August 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued final guidance recommending that all people born during 1945-1965 be tested for Hepatitis C virus (HCV). An analysis of 1999-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data found that 1 in 30 baby boomers is infected with HCV. Plus, baby boomers account for approximately 75% of HCV prevalence in the US. Many were infected before there was any awareness of HCV or how it is transmitted. Furthermore, most are asymptomatic and often unaware of their infection until significant complications from chronic HCV arise.

Symptoms


Long-term infection with the hepatitis C virus is known as chronic hepatitis C. Chronic hepatitis C is usually a "silent" infection for many years, until the virus damages the liver enough to cause the signs and symptoms of liver disease.

Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes

skin and darkening of urine)

Nausea

Abdominal pain

Loss of appetite

Fatigue

When To Check


Your risk of hepatitis C infection is increased if you: Are a health care worker who has been exposed to infected blood, which may happen if an infected needle pierces your skin Have ever injected or inhaled illicit drugs Have HIV Received a piercing or tattoo in an unclean environment using unsterile equipment Received a blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992 Received clotting factor concentrates before 1987 Received hemodialysis treatments for a long period of time Were born to a woman with a hepatitis C infection Were ever in prison Were born between 1945 and 1965, the age group with the highest incidence of hepatitis C infection

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Frequently Asked Questions


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