Hepatitis C Antibodies Blood Test
Testing for hepatitis C antibodies in your blood can tell you whether you’ve previously been infected with hepatitis C, but can’t tell you if the infection is still active in your system. If you receive a positive result for antibodies, you should then have a blood test to determine if the infection is current. Hepatitis C can seriously damage the liver, and is transmitted through unprotected sex, sharing needles or from a mother to a baby.
Why test for hepatitis C?
Common reasons for this blood test are:
- You want to see if you’ve contracted a hepatitis C infection previously.
Your blood test
Our phlebotomy-trained professionals will take a blood sample from you. This sample will be analysed in the UK by our authorised partners, TDL. By booking this blood test, you agree for us to share your personal information with TDL in order to process your test. We’ll make sure you consent to this at your appointment too.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, we will send you the results and recommend that you share these with your GP or fertility provider.
It is not unusual for some bleeding to occur under the skin following your blood test and sometimes this can extend a little further around the puncture site. If this causes you concern, check with your practice nurse.
Sometimes we cannot get a blood sample from you. This can be for many reasons, such as not being hydrated enough, feeling cold or having another blood test recently. We will always offer you another appointment so we can try again.