Hepatitis C Testing
The only way to know if you have ever had hepatitis C is to get a blood test, called a hepatitis C antibody test. This test looks for antibodies to the hepatitis C virus. If you get infected, antibodies are released into your bloodstream. Antibodies stay in your bloodstream, even if you get rid of the virus.
A positive or reactive hepatitis C antibody test means you have been infected with the hepatitis C virus at some time.
A positive antibody test does not always mean you still have hepatitis C.
Another blood test called an RNA test or PCR is needed to determine if you are currently infected with hepatitis C.
The service is FREE but you may need to make an appointment.