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At-Home HCV Blood Test
Our at-home Hepatitis C Test allows you to discreetly test yourself for the HCV (Hepatitis C Virus) in your blood from the comfort of home. Simply follow the instructions to collect a near-painless finger-prick blood sample and send it in for lab analysis. Within a few days, you’ll have your results report, clearly explaining the outcome and providing suggested next steps.
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Collect a Blood Sample
Using one of the lancets included in the test kit, extract a few drops of blood and collect them with the dried blood spot card.
Activate Your Test ID
Activate your test ID in your secure my cerascreen ® user account on our website or in the my cerascreen ® app. You will be asked to answer a few short questions to help us give you individualized recommendations.
Send the Sample
Using the included return packaging, send your dried blood sample by USPS mail to our partner lab free of charge.
Your sample will be tested for antibodies against the hepatitis C virus. The sample will be carried out by our CLIA-certified laboratory.
You will receive a personalized results report, which will tell you if antibodies against the hepatitis C virus were detected in your blood sample. The report will also provide advice on how to proceed following your results – for example, with a recommendation to visit your urologist, dermatologist, or family doctor. In our results report, we also provide information on symptoms of hepatitis C and how to best prevent STIs.
High Quality Standards
The at-home sample collection kits from cerascreen® will be analyzed in a CLIA-certified partner lab. All of our partner labs fulfill our high quality standards.
Benefits of the Hepatitis C Test
Did you know that annually around three to four million new hepatitis C infection are reported? This virus is transmitted primarily through blood but also through unprotected sexual intercourse. There is also a risk of becoming infected when getting a tattoo or piercing in an unhygienic and unsanitized environment.
For the cerascreen® Hepatitis C Test, you do not need to go to the doctor or wait for an appointment. You simply receive a straightforward instruction booklet with pictures and then collect the sample yourself in the comfort of your home. Afterward, you will get an overview of the consequences of an unknown STI.
Profit from our expertise: cerascreen® is the market leader for medical collection and send-in kits in Europe, with eight years of experience in test development and analysis. In Europe we have developed more than 50 certified send-in sample collection kits (classified medical products), analyzed over 250,000 samples, and offer our products to 19 different countries.
The Results Report
As soon as your sample has been evaluated, you will receive your results report on the my cerascreen® app or your user account on our website. You can view the report on your smartphone, tablet, computer, or even print it out.
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Questions about Testing for Hepatitis C
Why Test for Hepatitis C?
Many people are infected unknowingly with an STI, and the longer an infection remains unknown, the higher the risk that other people will also be unknowingly infected. With the cerascreen Hepatitis C Test, you can eliminate the risk of infecting your new partner with Hepatitis C – or you can also check that your new partner is not carrying the infection.
Sexually transmitted infections are often a taboo, which means that many people do not get the treatment or diagnosis that they need because they are too ashamed to go to their doctor. This is why cerascreen’s Hepatitis C Test offers you a great solution: to discreetly take a test at home whenever suits you best.
How Does the Test Work?
For the Hepatitis C Test, you use a lancet to collect a small blood sample from your fingertip. Only a few drops of blood are necessary.
You collect the sample on a dried blood spot card and send it in the included mailing envelope free of charge to our CLIA-certified partner lab, which will analyze your blood for the presence of the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). After your sample has been analyzed, you will receive a results report in your user account on our website or in the my cerascreen® app.
Please note: The cerascreen® Syphilis Test does not replace medical advice or diagnosis. Your test result alone is not sufficient for independent treatment and measures. Please always consult your responsible physicians* if you want to take further measures.
What Is Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is one type of sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is common on a global scale;STATS
Hepatitis C is transmitted by blood or unprotected sexual intercourse. The most common cases of transmission are through drug use – that is, when multiple people use the same equipment.
How Long Can Hepatitis C Go Undetected?
For approximately 90 percent of cases, the disease can go undetected, as it is asymptomatic. This means that a person infected may never experience symptoms. However, in some cases, generic symptoms such as fatigue, abdominal pain, and decreased performance may arise. Complications, such as liver cirrhosis, may occur if the virus remained undetected in the body for a long duration.
What Does the Results Report Tell Me?
Your personalized results report will first of all provide you with details about whether or not the Hepatitis C virus could be detected in your blood sample. If this bacterium was detected, you will receive recommendations to visit your doctor, dermatologist, or urologist. Besides this information, your results report will tell you in-depth information about the symptoms of Hepatitis C at various stages of the infection – that is, after a few weeks, up to two years, or up to five years after infection.
Finally, the results report will also provide you with answers to frequently asked questions on the topic – and contact details, should you have any more questions about your results report that need answering.
What Are the Recommendations?
To prevent a Hepatitis C infection in the first place, it is recommended that you use a condom or Femidom during sexual intercourse with a partner – whether they are a long-term partner or not. Condoms and Femidoms work by preventing direct contact between the mucous membranes and fluids of two sexual partners. Even so, please note that condoms do not offer complete protection against sexually transmitted infections. As the symptoms of Hepatitis C regularly go unnoticed, it's important to proactively test periodically or when changing sexual partners.
It is furthermore advisable that if you frequently change sexual partners, you should get regularly tested for Hepatitis C for peace of mind and in order to detect and treat the disease in good time.
What Should I Do If I Have a Hepatitis C Infection?
Treatment should always be discussed with your doctor or physician.
If discovered promptly Hepatitis C is usually treatable, with Antiviral Medication intended to clear the body of the virus.
Who Should Not Take the Test?
The Hepatitis C Test is not intended for certain people or only in special circumstances:
- People with infectious diseases like hepatitis and HIV may not take the Hepatitis C Test.
- People with hemophilia should not take the test.
- Pregnant and nursing women should only take the Hepatitis C Test in the presence of a doctor. The reference values and recommendations provided in the test are not for pregnant and nursing women; therefore, you should ask your doctor about your test results.
- The Hepatitis C Test is not intended for children under the age of 18.
This test is not intended to officially diagnose you with a hepatitis C infection. If you still suffer from symptoms, consult your family doctor, dermatologist, or your urologist.