Hep C antibody

  • What's tested:

    Hep C antibody


Information About The Tests

Hep B antigen

A Hepatitis C blood test is used to detect the presence of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the blood. There are different types of blood tests for Hepatitis C, and they serve various purposes:

  1. Hep C Antibody Test (Anti-HCV Test): This is often the initial screening test. It detects the presence of antibodies produced by the immune system in response to the hepatitis C virus. A positive result indicates exposure to the virus, but it doesn't necessarily mean a current infection.
  2. HCV RNA Test (Nucleic Acid Test): If the HCV antibody test is positive, a follow-up HCV RNA test is usually conducted to confirm whether the virus is still present in the bloodstream. This test directly detects the genetic material (RNA) of the virus.
  3. HCV Genotype Test: This test determines the specific strain or genotype of the hepatitis C virus. There are several genotypes of HCV, and knowing the genotype can help guide treatment decisions.
  4. Liver Function Tests: In cases where hepatitis C is confirmed, additional tests may be performed to assess the health of the liver. Liver function tests measure levels of certain enzymes and proteins in the blood that can indicate how well the liver is functioning.

Laboratory Analysis: The blood sample is sent to a laboratory where it is tested for the presence of HCV antibodies, viral RNA, and other relevant markers.

Results: Results are usually reported as positive or negative for HCV antibodies, and if positive, additional tests may be performed to confirm the active infection and determine the genotype.

It's important to note that hepatitis C can be a chronic infection, and early detection is crucial for effective management and treatment. If you suspect you may have been exposed to the hepatitis C virus or if you are at risk, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional who can recommend appropriate testing and guide you through the necessary steps for further evaluation or treatment if needed.

How it works

Buy a test + at-home sample collection

If at-home or workplace service is available in your area, purchase for an additional $55 fee.

Schedule an appointment

After you make a purchase, one of our Express Pathology nurses will contact you to schedule an in-at-home or office blood collection appointment.

At-home blood sample collection

One of our friendly nurses will collect your blood sample and send it to the nearest laboratory.

Get fast results in your inbox

Access results in your email inbox as soon as they're available.

Blood collection currently available in NSW, VIC, and QLD.

Easy-to-understand results.

Your results will be emailed to you within 24 - 36 hours after collecting your sample. You will receive a text SMS notification when your results are ready. Your results are highly confidential, but you can choose to share your results with your healthcare provider, family, or friends.

Independent support.

Express Pathology reviews your test results and will contact you directly if they require prompt attention. You will be encouraged to speak directly with your primary GP.

Frequently asked 

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  • How early can you come to my home or office?

    Our Nurses can generally start from 6am.

  • How do I pay for this service?

    Payment process is simple. We have integrated secure Commbank Payment Gateway to take payments online. Simply complete the online form and make the payment using the ‘Proceed to Book’ button.

  • Can I be seen on a weekend?

    Yes, our nurses work 7 days a week.

  • Can you come to my work?

    Yes we can attend your work premises if you have a private area to conduct the blood collection.

  • Is there a medicare rebate/ bulk billing available?

    No, this is a private service not linked to Medicare.

  • Do I need to Fast?

    Fasting is optional however, please indicate to your blood collector if you have been Fasting or not.

  • What happens with my results?

    Your results are reviewed by our GP and sent to you securely through email. If action is required our GP will be in contact with you.

  • Do Prestige keep a copy of my results?

    Yes they are held in our secure database.