People who present positive result to the rapid test should be told very simply, quietly and in private.
They should be informed that the test was "reactive", which means that at some point this person came into contact with HCV, regardless of the form.
To find out and confirm the presence of the disease laboratory tests are necessary, which should be requested by a doctor and carried out as soon as possible.
For Hepatitis C, the test detects anti-HCV antibody in the serum, plasma or whole blood. The use of TR is an important tool in Brazilian epidemiological scenario because most individuals are diagnosed in the chronic phase of the disease.
See the flow chart for the diagnosis of Hepatitis C:
› Can be used in pregnant women
› The test that detects antibodies can be used, but it cannot be used in children under 18 months and immune suppressed individuals.
› This flowchart indicates previous contact with HCV. The presence of active infection must be confirmed infection through molecular or antigen testing.
› In case of a non positive result, but the infection continues to be suspected, after 30 days a new sample must be collected to repeat the test.