What is Anti HCV (Hepatitis C Virus Antibody)?
Hepatitis C tests are used to detect and diagnose an infection and/ or to monitor the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV). Anti-HCV test detects the presence of antibodies to the virus, indicating exposure to HCV. This test cannot distinguish between someone with an active or a previous HCV infection. Usually, the test is reported as "positive" or "negative." There is some evidence that if the test is "weakly positive," it may be a false positive. The centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that weakly positive tests be confirmed with the HCV RIBA test before being reported.
Purpose of Test
Tests are used to detect the condition if a person. This test is done when the indivitual has been exposed to someone with HCV, Participates in high risk behaviors such as injecting street drugs, has abnormal liver function tests, has symptoms associated with liver disease, such as jaundice, dark urine, nausea, or unexpected weight gain or loss.
Test of Result Interpretation
No preparation required can collect the blood sample at any time