How is Hepatitis C diagnosed?

There are two main blood tests used to diagnose Hepatitis C.

Test 1: We test your blood for HCV antibodies.

If the result is positive, you might have been exposed to HCV.

This means you will have to take a second test to confirm if the virus is still present in your bloodstream.

Test 2: We confirm if the virus is still present.

There are two lab-based tests that you can do to confirm the presence of HCV in your bloodstream:

  • HCV RNA Nucleic Acid Test (NAT): This test detects HCV RNA in serum or plasma and determines if the infection is active.
  • HCV Core Antigen (HCVcAg) Test: This test detects the protein produced by HCV. It can detect HCV infections about 40-50 days earlier, compared to other test.

What Should You Do?

If HCV is still present in your bloodstream, you will require treatment.

When treatment is necessary, the goal of Hepatitis C treatment is cure and it can achieve cure rates above 95%.


The only way to find out is to get yourself tested.