Tests for Hepatitis C

Blood tests are done to check for hepatitis C:

  • EIA assay to detect hepatitis C antibody
  • Hepatitis C RNA assays to measure virus levels (viral load)

Genetic testing is done to check for the hepatitis C genotype. Six genotypes exist. Test results can help your doctor better choose your treatment.

Most Americans have genotype 1 infection, which is the hardest to treat.

Genotypes 2 and 3 are also common, and respond better to treatment.

The following tests are done to identify and monitor liver damage from hepatitis C:

  • Albumin level
  • Liver function tests
  • Prothrombin time
  • Liver biopsy can show how much damage has been done to the liver.