Hepatitis C: Testing
Hepatitis C can be present in the body for 20 to 30 years without any symptoms, which makes it more difficult for people to get tested and diagnosed early. The only way to know if a person has hepatitis C is for them to get tested. Early diagnosis is important to ensure people are linked to treatment to cure their hepatitis C, which will prevent further liver damage and disease.
This section provides information about the basics of hepatitis C testing, how testing works, the approaches to hepatitis C testing in Canada, where testing takes place, and considerations for service providers such as how to support people through the testing process.