FAQ: PCR Test
How can the HCV Infected Person get a
PCR Test for approval at disease Level 2?
Once approved at disease Level 1, the HCV Infected Person
is eligible to have a free PCR test through the British Columbia
Centre for Disease Control ("BCCDC). HCV Infected Persons
who were approved at disease Level 1 will automatically get
a letter from the Hepatitis C Claims Centre. This letter outlines
instructions on how to contact the BCCDC to set up a PCR test.
The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control will arrange
for the HCV Infected Person to undergo a PCR test in a convenient
The test result will be forwarded to the Hepatitis C Claims
Centre and copied to the HCV Infected Person.
Why have I received a letter asking me
to repeat a PCR
Test when I have already sent in a copy?
Your PCR test result may be outdated or invalid. According
to the Standard Operating Procedure "Criteria
for Acceptable HCV Antibody and PCR Test", you must
submit one of the following:
- A test dated January 1, 1998 or later performed at any
Canadian laboratory indicating the presence of the virus,
- a test performed by the laboratory designated to do PCR
testing for the Administrator ("Designated PCR Lab")
indicating the presence of the virus.
Since the medical community began testing for HCV there have
been advancements that make test results more reliable. The
evidence has shown that results of tests taken before 1998
are not as reliable and as such, an updated test result must
be submitted to the Administrator.
Also, test results may be from a research test, which does
not meet the medical criteria as outlined in the 1986-1990
Hepatitis C Settlement Agreement.
HCV Infected Persons who were approved at disease Level 1
will receive a letter with instructions on how to contact
a the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control to arrange
for a PCR test free of charge.
If you need to have an HCV Antibody Test, please contact
your physician. This test is not covered under the compensation
Who else gets a copy of my PCR
A copy of your PCR test result is sent directly to you. Copies
are also sent to the Administrator and your doctor. If your
PCR Test results are positive, by law, the laboratory must
send the results to the Public Health Department in the Province
or Territory where you reside.
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