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Hepatitis C Quicknotes: Screening and Testing

for Health Care Providers

Screening and Testing

Whom To Test

  1. Patients wanting to be tested.
  2. Patients having one or more of the following risk factors:
    • Vietnam-era Veteran
    • Transfusions before 1992
    • Intravenous drug use
    • Exposure of skin to blood
    • Multiple sex partners
    • Hemodialysis
    • Tattoos/Piercings
    • Nasal cocaine use
    • Unexplained liver disease
    • Unexplained abnormal ALT
    • Heavy alcohol use

Initial Testing

  1. Anti-HCV by ELISA
  2. AST/ALT (if not done previously)

Pretest Counseling

  1. For risk behaviors
  2. Limitations of ELISA test
  3. Schedule test and follow-up visit

Next: Posttest Strategy