If you think you might be at risk of having hepatitis C, a simple blood test will tell you.
A number of people in Tayside receive a Dry Blood Spot Test. This involves pricking your finger and spotting the blood onto a special piece of card that is sent to the laboratory to be tested for antibodies.
If your test is reactive; this means you have had the hepatitis C virus at some stage, but you may not have a chronic infection.
A further blood sample will be taken to see if the hepatitis C is still active (reproducing) in your system, this is called a PCR test.
If the PCR test is positive, this means you have chronic hepatitis C and your GP or other worker will refer you to the Hepatitis Specialist Service.
The good news is that effective treatments are available that can cure hepatitis C. Also, there are things you can do to help your liver and improve your health. If you have been diagnosed with hepatitis C infection we recommend that you attend clinical care appointments, consider treatment, and take steps to look after your liver and your general health.