Get Tested

The only way to know if you have hepatitis C is to get tested for it. The sooner you get tested, the sooner you can start treatment, prevent damage to your liver and be on your way to getting cured.

Where can I get tested?

We know that many of us in our community don’t often go to our GP’s or primary health services – we know it can be pretty tough as an injecting drug user and there’s often a lot of stigma. 

 

We’ve been working really hard with a lot of health professionals and services to make sure our community can get access to testing and treatment in a way that’s as easy as possible including at our exchanges. Yes, Hep C testing is now available at many needle exchanges. If it’s not available at your local exchange or on the days you usually call in,  our staff will be able to let you know when, where and how you can get tested.

 

You can of course also go to your GP or primary health service and ask for a test.

Many pharmacies are also providing Hep C testing, including some within the needle exchange programme.  Click here to find out where you can get tested.   

What is Hep C testing

Hep C testing 1,2,3

 

What do my test results mean?

Antibodies Test

Virus Test

What does it mean?

Test is positive

Test is positive

You have Hep C

Test is positive

Test is negative

You have been exposed to Hep C but you don’t have the virus now

Test is positive

Not tested for virus

You have been exposed to Hep C but weren’t tested to see if you have the virus

Test is negative

Not tested for virus

You have not been exposed to Hep C and you weren’t tested for the virus

Test is negative

Test is negative

You have never come into contact with or been infected with Hep C virus