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TYPES OF HCV
TEST

HCV or Hepatitis C Virus test is another type of blood testing that
seeks for the RNA or genetic material of the kind of virus that
caused hepatitis or the antibodies the patient’s body makes against
the virus. Proteins will be in the blood if the patient has Hepatitis C
infection whether previously or at present. It is necessary that the
type of virus is identified to ensure it will not spread out and proper
treatment will be given. HCV test can let the doctors identify the
type of virus hence provide the right treatment to patients.
Hepatitis C Virus spreads through the human’s infected blood.

TYPES OF HCV TEST
There are different types of HCV tests available, Anti HCV antibody,
HCV RIBA and HCV genetic material or RNA

To Know more click here

ANTI HCV ANTIBODY
This will look for antibody to virus in the patient’s blood, signalling a
virus infection has happened. Anti HCV antibody cannot confirm the
difference of long term and acute infection, EIA or enzyme
immunoassay can be the initial test to be done to check on anti HCV
antibodies.

HCV RIBA
Another test to check antibodies or virus. This test will identify
whether the positive result is from HCV infection or the result is
false positive. This can be ordered to double check EIA positive test
result.

HCV GENETIC MATERIAL
This test uses a PCR or Polymerase chain reaction to recognise an active heap C
infection. RNA can be diagnosed or seen in a patient’s blood within two weeks of a
patient’s exposure to the said virus. This can also measure the virus level in the patient’s
blood, also called as viral load, or how well a patient with Hepatitis C Virus is
responding to the treatment being given.
“Viral load or also called as HCV quantitative test is most of the time used during and
before the treatment to keep track of the length of time treatment should be given to
patient and to check the overall performance of the treatment to HCV patient”
“HCV viral genotyping on the other hand is utilised to check which genotype virus is
present. HCV has six types of genotypes, some are harder to treat than others. “

Unfortunately, vaccine is not available yet in the market to minimise the chances of
hepatitis C. Needless to say, it is necessary that a patient experiencing the symptoms
of hepatitis C consult a doctor right away. Tests should be done to identify the type
of virus occurs. After virus is identified, the doctor will plan on the treatment and
medication. Series of tests will be made again to check on the treatment’s effectivity
and progress.


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