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Author Topic: What are the basic steps of Hep C testing?  (Read 6267 times)

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What are the basic steps of Hep C testing?
« on: August 12, 2015, 02:31:52 pm »
Newly diagnosed? Check out this super-informative Hep Lesson:

Basically, there are 3 major tests you need to go through for a full hep C diagnosis--

1) HCV Antibody Testing: Antibodies to HCV can be detected in the blood within 2-3 months after exposure. If a person tests positive for HCV antibodies, all it means is that he or she has been exposed to the virus in the past. About 15 to 25% of people who are initially infected with HCV are able to clear the virus from their bodies without treatment.

2) HCV Viral Load Testing: a.k.a an HCV RNA test. This test determines if the virus is actually in a person's bloodstream. Viral loads probably mean you have a chronic hep C infection and can help docs determine how long you will need to be treated to cure the disease.

3) HCV Genotypic Testing: The hepatitis C virus has seven different genotypes, and each determines how long, and what kind of hep C treatment you'll need. HCV genotype also helps to predict the likelihood of curing HCV. 


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