Hepatitis C Antibody Blood Test
The Hepatitis C Antibody Blood Test helps detect and diagnose acute liver infection and inflammation due to the Hepatitis C virus (HCV).
What is the purpose of this test?
Order this Hepatitis C Antibody Blood Test, which is used to help detect and diagnose acute liver infection and inflammation due to the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C Antibody (HCAb) assesses exposure to Hepatitis C virus infection. This test is used for detecting antibodies to the Hepatitis C virus. Since a person with a past infection will have a lifelong antibody response, confirmed positive antibody tests mean that the person had been exposed to the virus at one time or another. Therefore, these tests are highly effective in ruling out HCV. The most up-to-date EIA can detect antibodies as early as six-eight weeks. Though a negative test can be extremely useful now, it is best to wait about three months to avoid needing a follow-up test.
When should I order a Hepatitis C Antibody Blood Test?
Individuals may order this test if they have experienced symptoms related to acute viral hepatitis. Common signs or symptoms of acute viral hepatitis, such as HCV, include:
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Swollen blood vessels in the skin or
- Yellowed skin and eyes
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored bowel movements
- Joint pain
Individuals are advised to contact their healthcare provider for further questions regarding test results.
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