Hepatitis C: Diagnosis and monitoring

Overview

Hepatitis C is usually diagnosed using blood tests. When someone is diagnosed with hepatitis C, it is important that their liver function is monitored, and any damage the virus has done to the liver is assessed. This assessment provides important information to help the doctor and patient make decisions about healthcare and treatment. Other tests, which look at the genotype of the virus and the amount of virus in the blood (viral load), are also important in making these decisions.

This information was originally adapted from Hepatitis C: Understanding a silent killer, published by the European Liver Patients Association. It was updated in 2016.