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Hepatitis C or Anti Hepatitis C Virus screening is a blood test recommended during first prenatal visit or during the first trimester to screen for any contagious liver disease caused by Hepatitis C Virus in pregnancy. Prior test and right treatment can avoid infection passing on from mother to foetus. Positive results can mean one of several things an acute or chronic HCV infection, a past infection that has since resolved, or a false positive result.

Hepatitis C Screening cost ranges between Rs.198/- to Rs.200/- depending on the type of lab that you are choosing. At Parentlane you can get this test booked with NABL accredited labs at the comfort of your home, get the best deal by comparing prices from leading partners and consult with experts for free as well.

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What is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C (Anti HCV) is part of the group of viruses that attack the liver. These viruses are transmitted through the infected needles or injured needle sticks or from injecting drugs of the healthcare professionals or someone else in the healthcare setting. It can also be transmitted through blood transfusion or sex.

The groups that are more at the risk of getting this infection than the others include people who are using certain drugs, people in prisons, men having sex with men, healthcare workers or people having HIV, mother to a child.

Hepatitis C can be passed on from a pregnant mother to an unborn child. Antiviral drugs used to treat this disease are not recently recommended for pregnant females. So, if you are pregnant or planning to have a child, talk to your doctor regarding the precautions.

Breastfeeding is considered safe as long as your nipples are intact. Cracked or bleeding nipples are not advisable for breastfeeding.

Chronic Hepatitis C is very dangerous for life and can be fatal in persons who are unable to get the proper treatment and care. While the person getting proper treatment chances of getting cured is really very high.

How can one prevent Hepatitis C?

  • Never share needles and the syringes or the other items that may be contaminated with the infected blood.
  • Piercing, tattoos, or acupuncture must be done in a professional setting where new needles or steriles are being used.
  • If working as a healthcare professional, always follow the infection control protocols.
  • Test for hepatitis C regularly and always try to the status of your sexual partners.
  • Use condoms, especially during anal sex.

Why is Hepatitis C test to be done?

People can live without symptoms or feeling sick as it does not affect the first stage of the liver so testing hepatitis C is the only way to know if you are having liver disease. Getting tested is important so that you can get the life-saving drug in time. Also in pregnancy without this test, you might make your unborn child infected unknowingly.

What does Hepatitis C test measure?

The HCV RNA PCR test is used to determine whether the hepatitis C virus exists in the bloodstream of a patient. If the virus is present then the test can also measure the exact amount of the virus in your blood. The amount of virus in the bloodstream is known as the viral load.

How is Hepatitis C test performed?

The HCV Ab test is used for the initial screening of the person for the Hepatitis C virus. A blood test called an HCV antibody is used to find out if  ever been infected by the hepatitis C virus. The test is performed by enzyme immunoassays which can detect the presence of the virus easily in the blood. The result of the test is generally reported as positive or negative.

Interpreting the results:

A positive test result of Hepatitis C means that a person has the hepatitis C virus. A negative result of hepatitis C means no hepatitis C virus and is cleared without treatment.

The second test is the Hepatitis C RNA qualitative test. The result of this test is given as a number rather than a positive or negative result. If a qualitative RNA test is positive, then it is confirmed that the patient has chronic hepatitis C. The qualitative test is more accurate than the quantitative test because qualitative tests can detect very low levels of viruses.

If the patient has a quantitative test that shows no detectable virus but has a positive result with the qualitative test. This means that the virus is present in the bloodstream of the patient in a very low number and can be detected only by the qualitative test.

If the Qualitative test will become negative, then it shows the good results of the ongoing treatment. The negative result of the test after the treatment of 10 to 12 weeks of antiviral medicines means that you are cured.

Even after it is confirmed that the person is diagnosed with the deadly Hepatitis C virus other tests that may be needed are:

  • Hepatitis A and B test
  • Liver Function Tests
  • Imaging Tests

The above tests are needed to find out the stage of the disease and also for the damage it has already done to the liver.

FAQs

What is the main cause of Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis C spread through contact with the blood of the infected person. Today many people are becoming infected by sharing needles or the other equipment which are used to prepare and inject the drugs.

Is hepatitis C curable?

The cure of Hepatitis C is available nowadays up to a certain extent with the oral medication available in the market given two tablets in one day for six months. Still, many people don’t know that they are infected as there are no symptoms of the disease for many years.

Can one live a long life with a Hepatitis C infection?

The prognosis of chronic HCV is typically very good, and as the treatment continues to improve, it will only get better. Most of the people with the HCV infection can only lead a normal life, providing the doctors can diagnose it before the liver damage or any other complications.

Can you get hepatitis C by kissing?

Hepatitis C cannot spread by kissing or using utensils, coughing, or sneezing. It also does not spread from food and water.

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What is Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C (Anti HCV) is part of the group of viruses that attack the liver. These viruses are transmitted through the infected needles or injured needle sticks or from injecting drugs of the healthcare professionals or someone else in the healthcare setting. It can also be transmitted through blood transfusion or sex.

The groups that are more at the risk of getting this infection than the others include people who are using certain drugs, people in prisons, men having sex with men, healthcare workers or people having HIV, mother to a child.

Hepatitis C can be passed on from a pregnant mother to an unborn child. Antiviral drugs used to treat this disease are not recently recommended for pregnant females. So, if you are pregnant or planning to have a child, talk to your doctor regarding the precautions.

Breastfeeding is considered safe as long as your nipples are intact. Cracked or bleeding nipples are not advisable for breastfeeding.

Chronic Hepatitis C is very dangerous for life and can be fatal in persons who are unable to get the proper treatment and care. While the person getting proper treatment chances of getting cured is really very high.

How can one prevent Hepatitis C?

  • Never share needles and the syringes or the other items that may be contaminated with the infected blood.
  • Piercing, tattoos, or acupuncture must be done in a professional setting where new needles or steriles are being used.
  • If working as a healthcare professional, always follow the infection control protocols.
  • Test for hepatitis C regularly and always try to the status of your sexual partners.
  • Use condoms, especially during anal sex.

Why is Hepatitis C test to be done?

People can live without symptoms or feeling sick as it does not affect the first stage of the liver so testing hepatitis C is the only way to know if you are having liver disease. Getting tested is important so that you can get the life-saving drug in time. Also in pregnancy without this test, you might make your unborn child infected unknowingly.

What does Hepatitis C test measure?

The HCV RNA PCR test is used to determine whether the hepatitis C virus exists in the bloodstream of a patient. If the virus is present then the test can also measure the exact amount of the virus in your blood. The amount of virus in the bloodstream is known as the viral load.

How is Hepatitis C test performed?

The HCV Ab test is used for the initial screening of the person for the Hepatitis C virus. A blood test called an HCV antibody is used to find out if  ever been infected by the hepatitis C virus. The test is performed by enzyme immunoassays which can detect the presence of the virus easily in the blood. The result of the test is generally reported as positive or negative.

Interpreting the results:

A positive test result of Hepatitis C means that a person has the hepatitis C virus. A negative result of hepatitis C means no hepatitis C virus and is cleared without treatment.

The second test is the Hepatitis C RNA qualitative test. The result of this test is given as a number rather than a positive or negative result. If a qualitative RNA test is positive, then it is confirmed that the patient has chronic hepatitis C. The qualitative test is more accurate than the quantitative test because qualitative tests can detect very low levels of viruses.

If the patient has a quantitative test that shows no detectable virus but has a positive result with the qualitative test. This means that the virus is present in the bloodstream of the patient in a very low number and can be detected only by the qualitative test.

If the Qualitative test will become negative, then it shows the good results of the ongoing treatment. The negative result of the test after the treatment of 10 to 12 weeks of antiviral medicines means that you are cured.

Even after it is confirmed that the person is diagnosed with the deadly Hepatitis C virus other tests that may be needed are:

  • Hepatitis A and B test
  • Liver Function Tests
  • Imaging Tests

The above tests are needed to find out the stage of the disease and also for the damage it has already done to the liver.

FAQs

What is the main cause of Hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis C spread through contact with the blood of the infected person. Today many people are becoming infected by sharing needles or the other equipment which are used to prepare and inject the drugs.

Is hepatitis C curable?

The cure of Hepatitis C is available nowadays up to a certain extent with the oral medication available in the market given two tablets in one day for six months. Still, many people don’t know that they are infected as there are no symptoms of the disease for many years.

Can one live a long life with a Hepatitis C infection?

The prognosis of chronic HCV is typically very good, and as the treatment continues to improve, it will only get better. Most of the people with the HCV infection can only lead a normal life, providing the doctors can diagnose it before the liver damage or any other complications.

Can you get hepatitis C by kissing?

Hepatitis C cannot spread by kissing or using utensils, coughing, or sneezing. It also does not spread from food and water.

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