Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Antibody (DO NOT USE)

positive results for this test are reported to the CDC.

Fasting Required: No

Specimen: Blood

Results: 5-7 Business Days

Description:
Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes the liver to become inflamed. HCV antibodies usually do not appear until several months into an infection but will always be present in the later stages of the disease.

Methodology
Immunoassay (IA)

Limitations
Results obtained from immunosuppressed patients should be interpreted with caution. Patients receiving mouse antibody therapy may produce false-negative results.

Clinical Significance
Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) is the major cause of hepatitis. Approximately 1% of blood donors are seropositive for anti-HCV. The clinical symptoms of a HCV infection are variable. Exposure to HCV results in a chronic infection in 50 to 80% of cases. The "window" between infection and seroreactivity is highly variable, up to 12 months.

Alternative Name(s)
HCV Antibody,Anti HCV

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.