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What is one way to check for hepatitis C?

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The first way to check for the infection is a blood test for the hepatitis C antibody. Your body makes this when it’s infected with the virus. The doctor can take blood and send it to a lab, or use a rapid test called OraQuick. It gives results in about 20 minutes.

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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