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what to do if i might have been infected with hepatitis c -- how long should i wait to do a blood test?

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Dr. Enrique Molina
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Now: You should get a blood test now, but then repeat it in 3 to 6 months, to make sure (sometimes the blood test takes up to 6 months to become positive).

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A 62-year-old male asked:

I'm 52, never tested for hepatitis C should I get the blood test? No high risk behaviors that I can recall

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Better to get tested: Many people have hep c and are not aware. It is important to get tested since, the infection may be treatable and prevent liver damage.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Would hepatitis C be picked up in a blood test?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Perhaps.: Standard liver-related chemistry blood tests can be normal. Early in infection, the antibody test for hcv can still be negative but one may detect hcv RNA in the blood (hcv viral load).
A 42-year-old member asked:

I think I have hepatitis c, how long should I wait to do a blood test?

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Dr. Enrique Molina
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Right away: Hepatitis does not give symptoms until far advanced. Get tested right away. If you think you just got infected, the blood test may take a few weeks to become positive.
Bulgaria
A 18-year-old female asked:

How long does it take for hepatitis c to be detected in blood test?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Depends: It depends on the type of test used for diagnosis. It may take a few weeks to a few months for the test to turn positive from the time of actual infection. You may visit this site for more information in this topic: https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hcv/cfaq.htm

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