HCV TRI-DOT is a rapid, visual, sensitive and qualitative in vitro diagnostic test for the detection of antibodies to Hepatitis C Virus in human serum or plasma.
Hepatitis C is a type of liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The virus may cause both acute and chronic hepatitis, which may range in severity from a mild illness that may last a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness. Hepatitis C is one of a major cause of liver cancer. The common modes of infection is threw blood and sexual practices. Acute cases may not have any symptoms in a few but in chronic cases, if left untreated, hepatitis C can lead to chronic liver disease, cirrhosis or liver scarring, liver failure and/or liver cancer.
Frequently asked questions
How is the blood sample taken?
To take the blood sample, a tourniquet (elastic) band is placed tightly on the upper arm. The patient is then asked to make a fist. This helps in the build-up of blood filling the veins and it becomes easy to collect the blood. The skin is cleaned before inserting the needle in the vein in order to prevent bacteria from entering. Needle is inserted into the vein of the arm and the blood sample is collected in the vacutainer.
What is chronic HCV?
Chronic HCV infection is a lifelong infection if left un treated. It may cause some serious health problems like liver damage, cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), liver cancer, and even death.
Can you get infected with HCV twice?
Yes, you can get infected again even after successful treatment or cleared the virus from the body.
Can HCV infection spread from an asymptomatic person?
Yes, HCV can spread from persons who have no symptoms or asymptomatic.