Office of AIDS
HCV Testing in Non-Healthcare Settings
The OraQuick rapid hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibody test is a simple-to-use device that delivers HCV antibody test results in 20-40 minutes using a single drop of whole blood. It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2010. Changes to California law allow non-medical personnel that have been trained as HIV test counselors and meet specific requirements to perform these tests. This technology enables HIV test counselors to integrate rapid HCV testing into existing HIV rapid testing processes and helps to ensure that more people will receive their test results, along with result-specific counseling and referrals.