Hepatitis B and C Screen
- Lab test with high level of accuracy
- Finger prick blood sample collection
- Fast results within 4 hours
- Testing for Hepatitis B and C
Hepatitis C - The Basics
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that affects the liver, causing
inflammation. This can prevent the liver from functioning properly.
Hepatitis C has six different types; these different types are known
as genotypes and are numbered 1 - 6. It is important to ascertain the
particular genotype if Hepatitis C is detected as the different types
may require a different treatment approach.
How is Hepatitis C Contracted?
The most common route of infection with Hepatitis C is the sharing of
needles between injecting drug users. There is a small risk of infection
with sexual activity and some sexual activities carry a higher risk.
Around 7% of HIV infected men who have sex with men have had a Hepatitis C
co-infection diagnosed. There is a small risk in sharing notes if you are
an inhaling user of drugs such as cocaine. There is also a small risk
from sharing utensils that may contain traces of blood such as razors
and toothbrushes, as the virus can survive for around 4 days outside the body.
Hepatitis C Symptoms
Most people will have absolutely no symptoms or symptoms so mild that they
are not detected during the acute phase. This does not mean that these
people are not infectious during the acute phase - they are. Around 20% of
people with Hepatitis C will clear the infection within six months but 80%
will go on to develop chronic Hepatitis C. Where symptoms are present in
the chronic phase, these could include:
- Lack of appetite
- Muscle and joint aches
- Concentration and memory impairment
About 30% of people with chronic Hepatitis C can develop cirrhosis of the
liver over a long period of time. A small number of infected people will
develop liver cancer.
Hepatitis C - The Test
We can check for Hepatitis C from a tiny blood sample that you collect at
home using a finger prick. The sample is very easy to collect and we can
have results for you in 4 hours of the sample being received at our lab.
We detect for the Hepatitis C antibodies. If these antibodies are detected
then further tests would be required to determine if the virus is still
active and the particular genotype if the virus is determined to be active.
Hepatitis C can be detected from as early as 9 days post exposure. It can
take up to 180 days for the antibodies to appear so retests may be
necessary. In most cases, the antibodies are detectable between 45 and 65 days.
Hepatitis C Treatment
Patients with Hepatitis C must be referred to a specialist and the treatment
will depend on the genotype. There have been significant developments in
this area of medicine in recent years and there are some excellent treatment
The STI Clinic can also test for Hepatitis B. Hepatitis B is a virus that also
affects the liver but it is much easier to contract and most people recover.
To find out more about Hepatitis B, please go to our
Hepatitis B page.
How Our Service Works
- Order your
STI test online
- Discrete package
arrives next day
- Provide a sample and post in pre-paid envelope
- Access results online
Hepatitis B and C Screen
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- for next day delivery