This blood test checks for the hepatitis C antibody. Its presence means that, at some point, the person was infected with the hepatitis C virus.
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. Frequently, hepatitis is caused by a viral infection. Three of the most common hepatitis viruses are hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. A hepatitis C antibody test is done to determine if you have developed antibodies to the hepatitis C virus. If antibodies are present, it means that you have been infected with the hepatitis C virus at some point. An antibody is a substance the body normally makes to protect itself from an infection.
Your healthcare provider will ask about potential exposure to hepatitis, previous blood transfusions and sexual practices. If you are diagnosed with hepatitis C, your healthcare provider may also recommend:
Your doctor may also recommend repeating certain blood tests at specific intervals.
In an adult, the blood sample is taken by placing a needle in a vein in the arm.
This care path's costs do not include the charge to draw blood from a vein (venipuncture). There will only be one charge to draw blood, even if multiple tests are being performed on the samples that are taken.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?
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