Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) IgM antibody test is a blood test conducted to determine if a patient is/was infected by the Hepatitis C virus. The test checks the presence of antibodies produced by the body against the HCV virus in the body.
Antibodies are specific to an antigen (a foreign substance that induces an immune response in the body). By detecting the antibodies that are produced in response to the Hepatitis C virus, it can be ensured that the patient was infected by the virus at some point.
Why get tested?
The test checks for the presence of IgM antibodies produced by the body against the Hepatitis C virus.