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What is a PCR test for hepatitis C?

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If the antibody test is positive, your doctor will do a PCR test. It looks for the genetic material of the hepatitis C virus living in your body.

If it doesn’t find anything, you might have had hepatitis C in the past and your body cleared it. Your doctor may repeat the test to be sure.

If both tests show you have hepatitis C, then you’re infected and need treatment.

From: Hepatitis C Diagnosis and Tests WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Younossi ZM. May 1997. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine,

De Medina M, Schiff ER. 1995. Semin Liver Dis

Friedman LS: Chronic Hepatitis, In: Tierney LM, McPhee SJ, Papadakis MA (eds): , 36th edition, Appleton & Lange, Stamford CT, 1997. Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment

National Center for Biotechnology Information: "FibroSURE and FibroScan in relation to treatment response in chronic hepatitis C virus."

CDC: "Testing for HCV Infection: An Update of Guidance for Clinicians and Laboratorians."

CDC: "Hepatitis C: Information on Testing & Diagnosis."

UpToDate: "Diagnosis and Evaluation of Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection." Last updated September 10, 2014.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Younossi ZM. May 1997. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine,

De Medina M, Schiff ER. 1995. Semin Liver Dis

Friedman LS: Chronic Hepatitis, In: Tierney LM, McPhee SJ, Papadakis MA (eds): , 36th edition, Appleton & Lange, Stamford CT, 1997. Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment

National Center for Biotechnology Information: "FibroSURE and FibroScan in relation to treatment response in chronic hepatitis C virus."

CDC: "Testing for HCV Infection: An Update of Guidance for Clinicians and Laboratorians."

CDC: "Hepatitis C: Information on Testing & Diagnosis."

UpToDate: "Diagnosis and Evaluation of Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection." Last updated September 10, 2014.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 11, 2018

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