Hepatitis C Testing

Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver that results from the Hepatitis C Virus. Most people who become infected develop a chronic, or lifelong, infection. Over time, chronic Hepatitis C can cause serious health problems including liver disease, liver failure, and even liver cancer. There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C.

Most people with Hepatitis C do not have symptoms and do not know they are infected. Symptoms of a chronic Hepatitis C infection can take decades to develop. When symptoms appear with chronic Hepatitis C, they often are a sign of advanced liver disease.

The only way to know if you have Hepatitis C is to get tested. The rapid test that we'll be using requires a fingerstick to collect a blood sample. Test results are known in 20-40 minutes. A positive Hepatitis C Antibody Test means that a person has been infected with the virus at some point in time. Additional testing is necessary if the antibody is present.

Testing is recommended for certain groups, including people who:

  • were born from 1945-1965

  • received donated blood or organs before 1992

  • have ever injected drugs, even if it was just one time years ago

  • have certain medical conditions such as liver disease and HIV

  • have abnormal liver tests or liver disease

  • have been exposed to blood from a person who has Hepatitis C

  • are on hemodialysis

  • are born to a mother with Hepatitis C

The month of May is Hepatitis Awareness month in the United States. The Grundy County Health Department will be offering rapid Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) testing for the first time on May 17!

Please contact our office to make an appointment (660-359-4196). The cost for the test is $20.

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