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Everyone should get tested at least once in their lifetime for hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCV). Some people are at higher risk for exposure and need to be screened more regularly.
Testing for HBV and HCV are available at many locations including primary care and clinics that provide screening for sexually transmitted infections.
Resources for screening and treatment
Any person who requests testing should receive it, regardless of disclosure of risk, because many persons may be reluctant to disclose stigmatizing risks.
Watch this short YouTube video about the HCV testing experience.
A blood test, called an HCV antibody test, is used to find out if someone has ever been infected. This test, sometimes called the anti-HCV test, looks for antibodies, which are proteins released into the bloodstream when someone gets infected with the virus that causes hepatitis C. People who have positive HCV antibody tests are given a follow-up HCV RNA test to learn whether they have active infection or a past infection that their body stopped.
CDC guide for HCV testing
Several different HBV tests are available. Depending on the test, they can determine whether someone:
If you have a positive antibody test and positive RNA, then you should talk to your provider about treatment. Available treatments can cure HCV in 8-12 weeks with minimal side effects.
If test results indicate that you have HBV infection, your provider should refer you to a specialist who can help you understand how to stay healthy and monitor for any complications. While medications are available to manage HBV, there is currently no cure and medications may not be for everyone.
Treatment/management information for HBV and HCV
If you have a negative test, you may still need regular testing. Regular testing is recommended for people who have unprotected sex with multiple sex partners, currently inject drugs and share needles, syringes, or other drug preparation equipment and for people who get maintenance hemodialysis.
If not already vaccinated, consider getting vaccinated against HAV and HBV.
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