Testing Explained

Everything you need to know about getting tested for

free in Ireland

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Two TESTS

Generally, Two blood tests are needed to know if you Hepatitis C. These can be done by your GP, Sexual Health Clinic and Drug treatment service. At home tests from Let's Get Checked & Better to Know are also available.  

First Test

Antibody Test

This test checks to see if you have ever had the Hep C virus. A positive result does not mean you have Hep C. 

Second Test

PCR Test

This test checks if the hepatitis C virus is still in your body. A positive result means you require treatment. 

Antibodies

If you are antibody positive the PCR test will confirm if you are currently infected. If this result is positive until treated you can pass it on to other people. 

Positive

If you are antibody positive the PCR test will confirm if you are currently infected. If this result is positive until treated you can pass it on to other people. 

No Treatment

If you are antibody positive the PCR test will confirm if you are currently infected. If this result is positive until treated you can pass it on to other people. 

PCR Test

If you are antibody positive the PCR test will confirm if you are currently infected. If this result is positive until treated you can pass it on to other people. 

Where to get tested?

Testing 

Sites

You can be tested for Hepatitis  C at various locations throughout Ireland. To find out details for your province click on the relevant province below. 

  • Dublin and Leinster

  • Munster

  • Connaught 

  • Ulster

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