Hepatitis C Antibody (HCV), Rapid Card
The hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a single-stranded, positive-sense, small RNA virus with an envelope. The main cause of parenterally transmitted non-A, non-B hepatitis is now understood to be HCV. Over 80% of individuals with well-documented non-A, non-B hepatitis have HCV antibodies. HCV has been divided into six primary genotypes based on the phylogenetic study, each of which comprises one or more subtypes.
Frequently asked questions
The anti-HCV test, often known as the HCV antibody test, scans blood for hepatitis C virus antibodies. When liver tests are abnormal or when determining the origin of existing liver damage, hepatitis C testing may also be done.
You could feel a little uncomfortable and bruised after having blood drawn from a vein, but nothing that will keep you from going about your daily activities.
Results are typically available within one to five business days. It depends on the test you take, where you do it, and the type of screening done. Some health facilities provide quick anti-HCV tests, and the findings can be obtained in 20 to 30 minutes.
Who is susceptible to contracting HCV?