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HCV is a bloodborne virus closely associated with blood transfusion. Serological studies employing EIAs for detection of antibodies to recombinant antigens of HCV (anti-HCV) have established HCV as the cause of most blood borne as well as community acquired non-A, non-B hepatitis (NANBH). The presence of anti HCV indicates that an individual may have been infected with HCV, may harbor infectious HCV and/or may be capable of transmitting HCV infection . Although the majority of infected individual may be asymptomatic , HCV infection may develop into chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and/or increased risk of hepatocellular carcinoma.
This is only a screening test. Confirmation should be done by HCV RNA or Western Blot.
The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.