Hep C Stories

Testing

Two blood tests are done to determine whether or not you have hepatitis C.

The first test is called the hepatitis C antibody test. It tests to see if you have ever had hepatitis C.

If that test comes back positive, a second test is done to see if the hepatitis C virus is currently in the body. (Some people have the antibody but no longer have the virus.) This test is done using either the hepatitis C RNA test or the core antigen test.

If a person tests positive for both the hepatitis C antibody test AND either the hepatitis C RNA test or the core antigen test, it means they have hepatitis C. You can get tested for hepatitis C by a nurse or doctor at a clinic, hospital or community health centre.