An Anti-HCV test is used to check for antibodies to the hepatitis C virus in the patient’s body. This helps in evaluating whether a patient has been infected with the hepatitis C virus in the past.
Why get tested?
The HCV antibody test is conducted as a part of an acute viral hepatitis panel test which is used to distinguish between the various types of hepatitis having similar symptoms. This test is used to diagnose hepatitis C infection as well as monitor the treatment of an HCV infection.
What it measures?
A high and increasing viral load can be the sign that the treatment is not completely done, whereas a decreasing viral load may imply that treatment is working. Successful treatment can cause a decrease of 99% or more in viral load after the starting of the treatment and leads to undetectable viral load after the completion of the treatment.
This test includes
No preparation is required before appearing for the test. Patients should talk to their doctor first if they have any concern regarding the need for the test related to the risks and outcome.