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At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To screen for and diagnose a hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and to monitor treatment of the infection
To learn more about hepatitis C, read the article on Viral Hepatitis.
When to Get Tested?
For screening: when you have risk factors for HCV infection or were born between 1945 and 1965, per 2012 CDC recommendations
For diagnosis: when you may have been exposed to the hepatitis C virus, such as through contact with infected blood, or have symptoms associated with liver disease
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm
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