Test Detail
Understanding the Test
Test Measures
Interpreting Results
City Price Info
Home Collection
Other Tests
Content created by
Written by
Reviewed by
Dr. Anupriya Nautiyal
MD Pathology, MBBS
Want to know more?
Read our Editorial Policy

HCV Antibody - Immunochromatography

Also known as Anti-HCV, Anti HCV Antibody, Hepatitis C Virus Antibody, Tridot
460500 8% Off
You need to provide
This test is for
Male, Female
Test Preparation
  1. No special preparation is required.

Understanding HCV Antibody - Immunochromatography

What is HCV Antibody - Immunochromatography?

An HCV Antibody - Immunochromatography test is a diagnostic test used to detect the presence of antibodies that the body makes against the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in a person's blood. This test plays a crucial role in the early diagnosis and screening of HCV infection. HCV commonly infects the liver and may result in liver damage if not recognized or treated timely.

Hepatitis C is a viral infection caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) that affects your liver. The common symptoms of a recent HCV infection include fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite, abdominal pain, dark urine, light-colored stools, joint pain, and jaundice (yellowing of skin and the whites of the eyes). This infection spreads when you come into contact with an infected person's blood, open wounds, or body fluids. It can also spread through sexual contact, sharing needles, syringes, or any drug-injection equipment, transfusion of infected blood, or from a mother to the child during birth. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends an HCV Antibody test for people who are at an increased risk of this infection, have come in contact with an already infected person, or show any of the symptoms of an HCV infection. However, about 80% of the infected individuals do not exhibit any symptoms after the initial infection. An HCV Antibody test helps identify people infected with the HCV virus and allows the clinician to start appropriate treatment. Early diagnosis can prevent health problems resulting from the infection and further virus transmission. The test also helps distinguish HCV infection from other forms of hepatitis.

Usually, no special preparation is needed for this test. You may eat and drink as per your daily routine. Talk to your doctor about your specific test results. Narrate your complete medical history to help them correlate your clinical and laboratory findings. The test results will help the doctor determine your medical condition and formulate your treatment plan.

What is HCV Antibody - Immunochromatography used for?

An HCV Antibody - Immunochromatography test is done:

  • To screen for hepatitis C infection if you have been exposed to HCV or show symptoms associated with liver disease.
  • To screen for hepatitis C infection if you have risk factors for developing an HCV infection.

What does HCV Antibody - Immunochromatography measure?

An HCV Antibody - Immunochromatography test determines if HCV has infected you and helps your doctor guide your treatment. HCV causes liver inflammation and is classified into acute hepatitis infection and chronic hepatitis infection.

  • Acute hepatitis C: This occurs in the first six months after exposure to the hepatitis C virus. In the early stage of the infection, acute hepatitis C is mild and may cause no symptoms. For this reason, most people do not know they have this infection.

  • Chronic hepatitis C: If your body cannot fight off the virus, you can develop a chronic hepatitis C infection. Progression from acute to chronic hepatitis C is common, occurring in 75-85% of patients. Detecting chronic hepatitis C early is important to prevent future complications, such as liver failure, and initiate effective treatment.

Interpreting HCV Antibody - Immunochromatography results


HCV antibody test can be reported as "positive" or "negative." If the HCV antibody test is positive, the individual tested is infected or has likely been infected with hepatitis C. If the HCV RNA test is positive, the person has a current infection. However, if no HCV viral RNA is detected, the person either does not have an active infection or the virus is very low in numbers.

HCV Antibody

HCV RNA test




There is no infection, or too early after exposure for the test to be accurate; if suspicion remains high, a retest may be required later.

Positive or Indeterminate


Past infection or no infection (false positive screen); additional tests may be required

Positive or Weak or Indeterminate


Current infection

Answers to Patient Concerns & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about HCV Antibody - Immunochromatography

Frequently Asked Questions about HCV Antibody - Immunochromatography

Q. What is the full form of HCV?

The full form of HCV is the Hepatitis C Virus.

Q. What is an Anti-HCV test?

An Anti-HCV test is another name for an HCV antibody test that checks the presence of hepatitis C antibodies (blood protein produced in response to HCV antigen) in the body.

Q. What are the commonly used hepatitis C tests?

Hepatitis C is diagnosed by two types of blood tests, namely an antibody test that detects hepatitis C antibodies in the blood and a polymerase chain reaction test that detects RNA (genetic material) of hepatitis C in the blood.

Q. What are the early symptoms of a hepatitis C infection?

Most people do not show symptoms during the initial stages of hepatitis C infection. However, few people may experience symptoms like fever, fatigue, body pain, loss of appetite, stomach pain, dark-colored urine, light-colored stools, and the yellowing of the white portion of the eyes and skin.

Q. Is there a vaccine for hepatitis C?

Currently, there is no effective vaccine to prevent hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection.

Q. Can hepatitis C be spread through food or water?

No, hepatitis C virus does not spread through food or water, by sharing eating utensils, breastfeeding, hugging, kissing, handholding, coughing, or sneezing.

Q. How is hepatitis C infection transmitted?

Hepatitis C infection can be transmitted through contact with infected blood and body fluids. This can happen during unprotected sexual contact with an infected partner, from an infected mother to her unborn baby during birth, due to transfusion with infected blood, while sharing needles, syringes, or drug preparation equipment, by sharing items such as toothbrushes or razors, due to direct contact with blood or open wounds of an infected person, and during body piercing and tattooing.

Q. What does a positive HCV Antibody test result mean?

A positive HCV Antibody test indicates the presence of hepatitis C infection in the blood.

Q. What are the additional tests required if the hepatitis C virus total antibody test result is positive?

If the result of an HCV test is positive, your doctor may recommend a hepatitis C RNA test. This is a blood test that looks for genetic evidence of the virus. Another test, called viral genotyping, helps find out what kind of HCV infection you have and what type of treatment may be needed. Sometimes, you may also need a liver biopsy to look for liver damage associated with HCV.
+ more

HCV Antibody - Immunochromatography test price for other cities

Price inBangaloreRs. 460
Price inMumbaiRs. 460
Price inGurgaonRs. 460
Price inKolkataRs. 460
Price inPuneRs. 460
+ more

Book HCV Antibody - Immunochromatography at-home

Easy online booking
Search for tests and packages, book a time and select address for seamless at-home lab tests.
Live tracking of phlebotomist
Stay informed with live tracking of our phlebotomist's location for seamless sample collection.
Safe collection
Our phlebotomists follow strict safety protocols to collect samples at home on time.
Sample received at lab
Your sample is bought to our laboratory for testing by our qualified experts.
Quick reports, free follow up
Reports are sent to your email. A free doctor follow up is provided to understand the report better.


Orders Delivered
Get the link to download App

All products displayed on Tata 1mg are procured from verified and licensed pharmacies. All labs listed on the platform are accredited


Tata 1mg uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) 128-bit encryption and is Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliant


Find affordable medicine substitutes, save up to 50% on health products, up to 80% off on lab tests and free doctor consultations.

Know more about Tata 1mgdownArrow

Access medical and health information

Tata 1mg provides you with medical information which is curated, written and verified by experts, accurate and trustworthy. Our experts create high-quality content about medicines, diseases, lab investigations, Over-The-Counter (OTC) health products, Ayurvedic herbs/ingredients, and alternative remedies.

Order medicines online

Get free medicine home delivery in over 1800 cities across India. You can also order Ayurvedic, Homeopathic and other Over-The-Counter (OTC) health products. Your safety is our top priority. All products displayed on Tata 1mg are procured from verified and licensed pharmacies.

Book lab tests

Book any lab tests and preventive health packages from certified labs and get tested from the comfort of your home. Enjoy free home sample collection, view reports online and consult a doctor online for free.

Consult a doctor online

Got a health query? Consult doctors online from the comfort of your home for free. Chat privately with our registered medical specialists to connect directly with verified doctors. Your privacy is guaranteed.