Kitchener, Waterloo & Cambridge Area

29 Young Street East
Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2L4 (Google Map)
Telephone: 519-603-0223
Fax: 519-888-6422
Email: info@sanguen.com

Wellington, Dufferin & Guelph Area

176 Wyndham Street North
Guelph, Ontario N1H 8N9 (Google Map)
Telephone: 877-351-9857
Fax: 519-888-6422
Email: info@sanguen.com

Hepatitis C Testing

Who Should Get Tested?

Everyone! Many people mistakenly think that they are tested for hepatitis C at their annual physical – but most doctors do not test for hepatitis C unless you have told them that you may be, or have been, at risk.

If you’ve never been tested for hepatitis C, or you’re not sure, we recommend that you get tested. It’s the only way to know if you have the virus.

 

When Should You Get Tested?

Any time! If you’ve done something that may have put you at risk for hepatitis C, you’ll need to wait for 3 months before you get tested – otherwise, the results may not be accurate.

 

What Kind of Test Is Done?

Testing for hepatitis C is done through two blood tests. You can read about it here.  Unfortunately, there is no ‘rapid test’ for hepatitis C in Canada. Results can take up to 2 weeks.

If your first blood test is negative, it means that you do not have hepatitis C.  A negative result is a good time to talk about harm reduction and how to keep yourself safer. You do not need to have a second blood test if the first one is negative.

If your first blood test is positive, it does not mean that you have hepatitis C, only that you have been exposed to it. You will need to have a second blood test done to confirm whether you have the virus.  Approximately 1 in 4 people are able to clear the virus without medical help – but they’ll still show up positive on the first test.

If the second blood test is positive, it means the virus is in your blood.

 

 

Where Can You Get Tested?

Your family doctor or nurse can test you for Hepatitis C. Testing is also available at most Public Health units. You can also contact Sanguen to make an appointment for testing.

We strongly recommend that you call ahead to the location where you would like to be tested to make sure they are open and that someone will be available to do the testing.

Free testing is also available in Waterloo Region at:

  • St. John’s Kitchen (97 Victoria St. North, Kitchener) Mondays from 11 to 2pm
    (drop-in or by appointment, health card required)
  • The Sanguen Community Health Van (Thursday and Friday evenings)
    (drop-in or by appointment)
  • Waterloo Region Public Health (99 Regina St South, 2nd floor, Waterloo)
    (no health card required, call for drop-in times or to make an appointment – 519-883-2267)
  • Waterloo Region Public Health (150 Main Street, 1st floor, Cambridge)
    (no health card required, call for drop-in times or to make an appointment – 519-883-2267)
  • ACCKWA (2B-625 King St East, Kitchener) Thursdays from 4-7pm
    (drop-in, no health card required)

And in Guelph-Wellington at: