Hepatitis B and C are viral infections that can lead to long-term issues with the liver, if left untreated. They are most often transmitted through the sharing of needles, the receiving of infected blood products or unprotected sex.
What to know
What to know
When to collect your sample
Before you collect your sample:
STIs can take a period of time to become detectable. This is called the window period. You should wait at least 12 weeks from the time of potential exposure to infection before collecting your sample. In some cases, it may take 6 months for an infection to be detected.
If you are concerned about possible exposure to one of these infections you should refrain from sexual activity until you receive a test result.
When to collect your sample:
The sample must be collected in the morning, using the home collection kit* on a Monday - Thursday and returned on the same day.
Hepatitis B & C can cause serious liver infection and affect millions of people worldwide.
Many people with hepatitis B and C have no symptoms until the later stages. If you have symptoms of liver infection you should discuss these with your doctor.
Symptoms of liver infection may include:
Yellow discolouration of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
Fluid buildup in the abdomen (ascites)
Swelling in the legs
Confusion, drowsiness and slurred speech (hepatic encephalopathy)
Spider-like blood vessels on the skin (spider angiomas)
Hepatitis B is a blood-borne virus caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Hepatitis B can be an acute or chronic illness. If left untreated, the virus can cause serious liver damage such as cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), liver failure, or liver cancer. This testing will look for the hepatitis B surface antigen which may indicate active or transmissible infection. This will not identify a previous infection.
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). It is generally asymptomatic so someone who has contracted the virus may not know that they have done so. In cases of chronic hepatitis C, people may develop cirrhosis (scarring of the liver). There are lots of very effective treatment options available that your doctor can discuss with you. This testing will look for antibodies to hepatitis C, which may indicate a current or previous infection.
How it works
Collect your sample
Activate your collection kit and collect your sample in the morning. Return your sample on the same day, using the prepaid shipping label provided.
Review accurate results
Once your sample arrives in the laboratory, confidential results will be available from your secure online account within 2 to 5 days.
Get medical support
Our dedicated clinical team are here to support you and may call you to explain your results and provide guidance on your next steps.
Still have questions?
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Activating the kit connects you to the unique alphanumeric barcode within your LetsGetChecked sample collection kit box. The laboratory cannot process your sample if the kit is not activated and linked to you. You should only activate your kit when you are ready to take your sample.
Yes. LetsGetChecked has a team of doctors, nurses, and healthcare clinicians who will review your order and results and have created detailed result breakdowns for your testing journey.
Our clinical team is on standby throughout the testing process and, if your test results are abnormal, you may receive a call to discuss your results and the next steps.
The sample must be collected in the morning on a Monday - Thursday and returned on the same day. Each of our kits includes a prepaid delivery envelope to return your samples to the laboratory.
Please do not collect or return samples on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
A capillary (finger prick) blood sample is required. This sample is collected from the comfort of your home using the sample collection kit and easy-to-follow instructions provided.
Your samples are analysed with CE-marked tests in the same labs used by primary care providers, hospitals, and government programs.
LetsGetChecked laboratories are CPA-approved and ISO certified, which are the highest levels of accreditation.
Our home sample collection kits are manufactured within our ISO 13485 certified facility, the highest level of accreditation for medical devices.
Keeping your personal data secure is important to us. We use appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure security and confidentiality of your information, and only share your information where required to deliver our products and services or where we have a legal basis to do so. All samples are disposed of following analysis.
We don't accept insurance at this time. We work to keep our tests as affordable as possible and our test costs are generally lower than the costs incurred from a trip to a healthcare provider.