Hepatitis C virus antibody testing should be routine

08/20/2013 | American Journal of Medicine, The

One-third of patients in this study did not get complete testing for accurate diagnosis of hepatitis C virus (HCV), which is essential for medical management. Additional education for clinicians about the importance of RNA testing may help. However, with improved antiviral treatments now available for HCV, it is time for reflex HCV RNA testing for positive antibody tests to become routine, just as reflex Western blot testing is standard for human immunodeficiency virus.

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