Hepatitis C Test Details
Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by a bloodborne virus that spreads when infected blood enters the body of an individual who was not previously infected. Infection can be acute or chronic depending on how long the infection has been present. Acute infections include those that occur for 6 months or less, while chronic infections are more long-term and lead to a significant risk of liver disease and liver cancer. Hepatitis C is also life-threatening if left untreated.
Infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) is typically contracted through needles, whether used for drug use or in instances of healthcare workers accidentally sticking themselves with contaminated needles. Pregnant women can also infect their unborn baby with hepatitis C at the time of birth. Spreading hepatitis C through sexual contact is less common but not impossible, particularly if the sexual activity results in bleeding.
The Everlywell hepatitis C test specifically screens for presence of the hepatitis c virus. Shipping is pre-paid both ways and the test is delivered in discreet packaging, with results sent directly to your phone or computer from the secure Everlywell platform.
Taking the trich test requires a blood sample from a simple finger prick, so the test is easy and relatively pain-free. Each test includes detailed directions to help guide you, and you’ll also receive access to a customer care team along the way to help with any questions you may have.
Results are easy to understand, and you are provided with additional resources and helpful tips throughout the process. If your results are abnormal, you have the option to connect with the Everlywell physician network at no additional cost to discuss next steps. Your results are also shared in a printable format if you decide to take them to your own primary care physician.
Everlywell only uses CLIA-certified labs, meaning they meet high standards in order to obtain both state and federal certifications and are subject to regular inspections.
What the Everlywell Hep C Test Measures and How it Works
The Everlywell hepatitis C test is specifically screening for the presence of Immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies to the hepatitis C virus. Test results will determine whether you have been exposed to the virus or not as your body will have only created antibodies once the virus has entered the body.
For reliable results when using an antibody test, you will need to wait 8-11 weeks after exposure before testing. Most individuals will show a definite positive after 6 months, so you may need to delay testing after known exposure. If you have been exposed and are waiting to test, be sure to refrain from certain behaviors that could put others at risk of contracting the virus.
When you decide to order your at-home hepatitis C test, you simply do so online and it will be shipped directly to you in discreet packaging. You will then need to register your test online with your unique ID and follow the instructions to collect your sample. Once collected, you will place it into the provided biohazard bag, place it in the box, put the box in the included shipping bag, apply the prepaid label, and ship it back to the lab for testing.
After analysis, you will be notified when results are ready. If results return abnormal, you can connect with Everlywell’s independent physician network to discuss next steps. You can also bring your results to your physician for further testing and treatment options.
When used correctly, the Everlywell hepatitis C test is over 99% accurate.
What’s Included with Each Everlywell Hep C Test
- Alcohol pad
- Three lancets for blood draw sample
- Blood sample collection card
- Biohazard bag
- Prepaid return shipping label
Why Choose the Everlywell Hep C Test?
- The Everlywell hepatitis C test screens specifically for antibodies against HCV – the first step in infection diagnosis
- All Everlywell tests are physician reviewed and approved by an independent, board-certified physician within your state
- All labs working with Everlywell are CLIA-certified, indicating they meet the high standards in order to obtain state and federal certifications, and are submitted to regular inspections
- Everlywell is a HIPAA compliant company using state-of-the-art, bank-grade encryption to ensure data is securely stored and your data is never sold
Results are easy to understand and you are provided with guidance towards next steps to achieve health and wellness
- Shipping is free
- The Everlywell hepatitis C test is available as a one-time purchase or via discounted subscription shipped monthly, quarterly, or semi-annually
- Everlywell accepts FSA/HSA for the hepatitis C test