HCV core-antigen test cheaper, quicker than RNA

Published: October 27, 2014

Fiona V. Cresswell, MD
Original Article:  bit.ly/1wESaOy

A hepatitis C virus core-antigen test was sensitive and specific in diagnosing acute infection among HIV-positive men who have sex with men, researchers reported in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

According to the researchers, the test would not have missed any infections if used in place of RNA PCR testing. The test also is significantly less costly than PCR tests and results from core-antigen testing can be available the same day, compared with up to 1 week for PCR.

“Such earlier diagnosis would enable earlier commencement of therapy if indicated for the individual, and would facilitate contact tracing and partner notification,” Fiona V. Cresswell, MD, of the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, England, and colleagues, wrote. “We argue therefore that increased use of HCV core-antigen testing in preference to [PCR testing] has potentially substantial benefits to the laboratory, clinician, patient and to public health."

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