Testing for Hepatitis C
HCV infection is diagnosed in 2 steps:
- Testing for HCV antibodies (HCV ab) to identify people who have been infected with the virus.
- If the HCV antibody (HCV ab) test provides a reactive or positive result, an RNA test is needed to confirm a current infection.
- About 30% of people infected with HCV can spontaneously clear the virus with a strong immune response without the need for treatment.
- Although you may have been cured of HCV, the HCV antibody (HCV ab) test will continue to test positive.