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Hepatitis C virus tests are blood tests that check for substances in the blood that show whether you have hepatitis C now or had it in the past. The tests can also tell you what type of hepatitis C you have and how severe the disease is.
You may need these tests if:
The tests also are done to help your doctor decide about your treatment and see how well it works.
You do not need to do anything before you have these tests.
A health professional takes a sample of your blood.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: July 30, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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