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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 tests 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 in California law allow non-medical personnel that have trained as HIV test counselors and meet the specific requirements to perform these tests. This technology enables HIV tests 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.


HCV Webinar Presentation Slides (PDF, New Window)


HCV Testing in Non-Health Care Settings - Guidelines for Site Supervisors and Testing Coordinators (2012) (PDF, New Window)

Quality Assurance Guidelines for OraQuick HCV Antibody Testing in Non-Healthcare Settings (PDF, New Window)

Template - Procedures and Quality Assurance Plan for OraQuick Rapid HIV and HCV Testing (Word, New window)

HCV Testing Services Guidelines (2012) (PDF, New Window)

Policy Letters

HCV Testing in Non-Health Care Settings - Letter to All Interested Parties (December 2012) (PDF, New Window)

Assembly Bill 1382 (HCV Testing Bill) - Fact Sheet (2012) (PDF, New Window)

Assembly Bill 1382 (HCV Testing Bill) - Letter to All Interested Parties (PDF, New Window)


California Office of Viral Hepatitis Prevention

Regulations and Statutes

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

California Hepatitis Alliance (CalHEP), Viral Hepatitis Services Referral Guide


Last modified on: 9/20/2016 9:30 AM