Hepatitis B and C are viral infections that can lead to long-term issues with the liver, if left untreated. They are most often transmitted through the sharing of needles, the receiving of infected blood products or unprotected sex.
Hepatitis B & C can cause serious liver disease and affect millions of people worldwide. Many people with hepatitis B and C have no symptoms until the later stages.
If you have symptoms of liver disease you should discuss these with your physician.
Symptoms of liver disease may include:
Yellow discoloration of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
Fluid buildup in the abdomen (ascites)
Swelling in the legs
Confusion, drowsiness and slurred speech (hepatic encephalopathy)
Spider-like blood vessels on the skin (spider angiomas)
When to test
STDs can take a period of time to become detectable. This is called the window period. You should wait at least 12 weeks from the time of potential exposure to disease before taking this test. In some cases it may take 6 months for an infection to be detected.
You should also consider getting tested if:
You have become sexually active
You have had unprotected sex
You are experiencing symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease
You are entering into a new sexual relationship
You have received a notification from a previous partner that they are infected
You use needles that are shared with someone else
The CDC recommends that everyone get tested at least once
The sample must be collected before 10am on Monday - Friday and returned on the same day
If you are concerned about possible exposure to one of these diseases you should refrain from sexual activity until you receive a test result.
Hepatitis B is a blood-borne virus caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Hepatitis B can be an acute or chronic illness. If left untreated, the virus can cause serious liver damage such as cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), liver failure or liver cancer. The LetsGetChecked test looks for the hepatitis B surface antigen which may indicate active or transmissible disease. This test will not identify a previous disease.
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). It is generally asymptomatic so someone who has contracted the virus may not know that they have done so. In cases of chronic hepatitis C, people may develop cirrhosis (scarring of the liver). There are lots of very effective treatment options available which your physician can discuss with you. The LetsGetChecked test looks for antibodies to hepatitis C, which may indicate a current or previous disease.
How it works
Collect your sample
Activate your test and collect your sample in the morning. Return your sample on the same day, using the prepaid shipping label provided.
Review accurate results
Once your sample arrives in the laboratory, confidential results will be available from your secure online account within 2 to 5 days.
Get medical support
Our dedicated clinical team are here to support you and may call you to explain your results and provide guidance on your next steps.
Still have questions?
Here are some questions we usually get about LetsGetChecked. If you would like yours answered, please contact us ›
Activating the test connects you to the unique alphanumeric barcode within your LetsGetChecked sample collection kit. The laboratory cannot process your sample if the test is not activated and linked to you.
Yes. LetsGetChecked has a team of board-certified physicians who will review your order and results and have created detailed result breakdowns for your testing journey.
Our nursing team is on standby throughout the testing process and, if your test results are abnormal, you will receive a call to discuss your results and next steps.
Please ensure that the sample is collected before 9am and returned immediately using the carrier method provided within the sample collection kit. Each of our health tests includes a prepaid shipping envelope to return your samples to the laboratory.
Please do not collect or return samples on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Keeping your personal data secure is important to us. We use appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure security and confidentiality of your information, and only share your information where required to deliver our products and services or where we have a legal basis to do so. All samples are disposed of following analysis.
Your samples are processed in the same labs used by primary care providers, hospitals and government schemes.
LetsGetChecked laboratories are CLIA approved and CAP-accredited, which are the highest levels of accreditation.
Sample collection kits are manufactured within our ISO 13485 accredited facility, the highest level of accreditation for medical devices.
We don’t accept insurance at this time. We work to keep our tests as affordable as possible and our test costs are generally lower than the costs incurred from a trip to a healthcare provider. We accept many Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA) cards. They can be used in the same way that a debit or credit card would be used at checkout.