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The Hepatitis C Home Test Kit

FDA Approved - The only FDA approved and doctor recommended Hepatitis C Test.

Accurate - As accurate as tests used by Doctors and Hospitals.

Anonymous - You are identified only by a code number that comes with your kit.

Help Line - Toll-free telephone support for test and result questions.

Easy A non-invasive, simple fingerstick sample is all that is needed

Hepatitis C How It Works Demo Step-1

1. Carefully tear off the yellow portion of your Blood Sample Card at the perforated line. It contains your Personal Identification Number (PIN). Please keep your PIN to get your test result!

2. Before collecting your blood sample, call 1-800-442-7708 or 1-847-310-4224 to register your PIN, 24 hours a day, seven days a week (except holidays). Follow the instructions you will hear during the phone call.

3. To collect a large enough blood sample, read and carefully follow all instructions. Failure to follow all instructions may result in your sample not being tested.

4. Place your Blood Sample Card on a clean, dry surface. The laboratory may not be able to test a soiled or wet card.

5. Write the date you collect your blood sample in the space provided on the Blood Sample Card.

6. Before you collect your blood sample, wash your hands with soap and very warm water. Dry your hands completely. Rubbing your hands will warm them and help more blood come to your fingertip. This will help you obtain enough blood to complete testing. WARMING YOUR HANDS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO TO OBTAIN ENOUGH BLOOD SAMPLE.

7. Before you collect your blood sample, uncover the printed circle on the Blood Sample Card by folding up the protective flap.

8. Choose a puncture site on the SIDE of your fingertip, preferably your middle or ring fingertip. Avoid callused areas. This will increase your ability to collect the blood sample required for testing.

9. Clean your fingertip with the alcohol pad and wipe off the excess alcohol with the gauze pad.

10. Let your hand with the finger you intend to puncture hang at your side for about 30 seconds. With your hand still pointed downward vigorously shake it back and forth for a few seconds to increase the blood flow.

11. Open one package containing a lancet and carefully remove it. DO NOT touch the BLUE TOP while removing the lancet; this can cause the lancet to discharge.

12. Place the lancet on the table or countertop with the BLUE TOP up. Place the side of your selected fingertip over the hole on the BLUE TOP and push down firmly. This will activate the lancet.

13. After piercing your finger, allow a large drop of blood to form and then lightly touch the blood droplet (not your finger) in the circle on the front of the card. DO NOT TOUCH THE CARD WITH YOUR PUNCTURED FINGER AS THIS MAY CAUSE YOUR BLOOD TO CLOT AND STOP FURTHER BLOOD FLOW. If you have trouble collecting blood with the first lancet, call us at 1-800-442-7708 or 1-847-310-4224 for help. It may help to squeeze your finger at the finger joint near the lancet puncture and then release it about every two seconds. You can repeat this step in order to help you fill the circle.

14. Apply blood drops inside the circle on the FRONT side of the card until it is COMPLETELY FILLED and soaked through to the back. DO NOT APPLY BLOOD TO THE BACK OF THE CARD.

If you have trouble collecting blood:

  • Before repeating steps 8-14 with the second lancet, call 1-800-442-7708 or 1-847-310-4224 for help. Trained healthcare counselors are available to help you.
  • Make sure your hands are warm.
  • Stand up while collecting your blood sample, keeping your hand lower than your heart. However, if you tend to faint or get dizzy, sit down but keep your hand lower than your heart.
  • A little activity (walking short distances, etc.) can increase blood flow.
  • Firmly wipe the puncture site with the gauze pad if your blood clots. This will cause the bleeding to start again. Then allow a large drop of blood to form before touching the blood droplets on the card.

15. To make sure you have enough blood on the Blood Sample Card, pull back the cover and look at the circle on the back. If there are any areas where the blood has not soaked through, place more drops on the FRONT side of the circle until the back is completely filled. Try not to place the drops on top of one another. It's okay to have extra blood outside of the circle, but the circle itself must be filled.

16. After completely filling the circle with blood, apply an adhesive bandage to the puncture site. Lancets and all other materials may be safely disposed of in your home garbage.

D. SHIP YOUR BLOOD SAMPLE

17. ALLOW BLOOD SAMPLE TO AIR DRY FOR 30 MINUTES. DO NOT TOUCH THE SAMPLE AREA. After the blood sample is dry, place the Blood Sample Card into the Blood Sample Return Pouch. USE THE BLOOD SAMPLE RETURN POUCH PROVIDED OR YOUR SAMPLE WILL NOT BE TESTED.

18. Peel the adhesive cover at the top of the Blood Sample Return Pouch. Fold down along the perforation. Press down hard along the back of the fold to seal it tightly.

19. Place the sealed Blood Sample Return Pouch in the Cardboard U.S. Mail Envelope. To seal the Cardboard U.S. Mail Envelope, peel off the adhesive cover, fold down the flap, and press down hard on the flap.

20. You must mail your sample as soon as possible. The lab must receive your sample within 14 days after collection or you will not get a result.Take the sealed Cardboard U.S. Mail Envelope to any U.S. Post Office Mailbox. This envelope has been printed with prepaid postage.

E. GET YOUR RESULT

21. You will need your PIN to get your test result. Dial 1-800-442-7708 or 1-847-310-4224 for results 24 hours a day, seven days a week (except holidays). You can call 10 business days (Monday - Friday) after you mail your sample. The automated system or a healthcare counselor will give you your result. After you have received your result, you may request a written copy be sent to you electronically or by U.S. Mail. The written copy will include special information for your physician. You have the option to speak with a healthcare counselor at all times. Read the information provided in the "Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Hepatitis C" for an explanation of your test results. Your results will be available for 6 months after your sample has been tested.

 

HEPATITIS C How It Works

Besides being fast, convenient and accurate, the Home Hepatitis C Test system is easy to use. Each test kit comes with a detailed instructions booklet with graphic illustrations that take you through pre-test registration and counseling; collecting a blood sample; shipping that sample to an accredited laboratory and calling back for test results, post-test counseling and referrals.

The Home Test System is easy to use. Throughout the testing process, professionally trained counselors are available to provide assistance and to answer your questions. To protect your privacy, you are identified only by your fourteen-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) which comes with the kit.

Purchase Your Private At-Home Hepatitis C Test kit You can choose the best option for you. Our private Hepatitis C home tests are available for purchase direct online and by fax or mail order or by calling 1 866 526 2876

PIN Registration and Pre-Test Counseling You begin by calling a toll free number to register your PIN and complete pre-test counseling. You can choose to speak to a Home Access counselor or use our automated registration and education system. Our counselors are available to help you with any questions or personal concerns.

Sample Collection Using the retractable safety lancet provided, you prick your fingertip and place drops of blood on the blood specimen card included in the test kit. You only need enough blood to fill a circle smaller than a quarter.

Shipping Your blood sample is protected by an enclosed weather resistant protective pouch which is placed in a self-addressed, pre-paid U.S. Mail shipping envelope, all included in the test kit. Your sample is shipped directly to Home Access' certified laboratory.

Laboratory Analysis The home Hepatitus C laboratory is FDA approved and CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act)and CAP (College of American Pathologists) accredited. Our procedures and protocols have been certified by the United States Food and Drug Administration under cGMPs (Current Good Manufacturing Practices). At the laboratory, your blood sample is tested by experienced technicians using the exact same test ordered by doctors' offices, hospitals and clinics, ensuring greater than 99% accuracy.

Results and Post-Test Counseling After shipping your blood sample, you call back on the same toll-free number after ten business days (14 days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays). You access your test result and receive post-test counseling by once again entering your personal PIN. Our counselors are available to offer nationwide physician referrals to people requiring further assistance.

HEPATITIS C FAQ's

Q: What is hepatitis C?
A: Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV), which is found in an infected person's blood. Hepatitis C is a serious disease. Many people may carry the virus for the rest of their lives. Infected people can develop liver damage, but do not necessarily feel sick. Even those who develop a persistent infection may not show symptoms until there is severe liver damage. In some cases, hepatitis C can cause cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver failure and liver cancer over a period of 20 to 30 years.

Q: How can you tell if someone is infected with Hepatitis C?
A: Only with a blood test. A person can be Hepatitis C -infected for many years while looking and feeling healthy, with no signs at all of being sick.

Q: Who is most likely to become infected with the hepatitis C virus?
A: Anyone can be infected with the hepatitis C virus. However, people most likely to be infected with the hepatitis C virus include individuals who: (1.) had a blood transfusion and or received an organ transplant such as kidney, lung, or heart, before effective screening began in July 1992; (2.) have been or are on long term kidney dialysis (hemodialysis); (3.) received treatment with a clotting factor concentrate manufactured before 1987; (4.) have ever injected illegal drugs, even once; (5.) have had sexual contact with multiple individuals over the course of their lifetime; (6) have been healthcare workers with exposure to blood from a hepatitis C infected person, especially through accidental needlesticks, or (7) have ever had a sexually transmitted disease (STD)..

Q: Are there other types of viral hepatitis?
A: Yes, the other most common types are hepatitis A and B. Hepatitis A is usually transmitted by personal contact with someone who is infected and by drinking contaminated water or eating contaminated food. Most people recover from hepatitis A within 6 months without serious health problems. Hepatitis B is transmitted through infected blood and other bodily fluids. Most people (90%) are able to recover from hepatitis B infection; however, those individuals who become chronically infected may develop cirrhosis and liver cancer, if left untreated. Both hepatitis A and hepatitis B are preventable by vaccines. There is no vaccine for HCV

Q: What are the symptoms of hepatitis C?
A: The most common symptom of hepatitis C is fatigue; however, most infected people have no recognizable signs or symptoms for a long time. Some people do experience flu-like symptoms, such as loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, fever, weakness, tiredness and mild abdominal pain. Less common symptoms are dark urine and jaundice of the skin and eyes. The only way to know if you are infected is through blood tests.

Q: Is hepatitis C contagious?
A: Yes. Usually the hepatitis C virus is spread from one person to another by direct exposure to infected blood or blood products, and contaminated needles or other sharp objects. Occasionally, the hepatitis C virus may be spread by: 1.) an infected mother to her newborn; 2.) sharing household objects with an infected household member. Do not share items that may be contaminated with blood such as razors and toothbrushes.; or 3.)sexual contact. Sexual transmission typically occurs among people with multiple sexual partners or a history of sexually transmitted disease. HCV transmission is rare among long-term sexual partners who do not have other sexual contacts. Consider using condoms, because sexual transmission, although rare, is possible.

If you are infected, we recommend taking extra steps to avoid blood to blood contact with others to prevent any possibility of infecting other people close to you.

Q: How can I be exposed to Hepatitis C?
A: Unprotected sex with someone who is infected or sharing a needle or other drug equipment with someone who is infected.

Q: What is unprotected sex?
A: Sex without a latex condom or other barrier method.

Q: What about doing drugs?
A: Injecting drugs using a needle that has been used by someone else is risky because it can contain infected blood from that person. Any drug use, including alcohol, affects judgment and can contribute to exposure to Hepatitis C infection. Any shared drug products or equipment (i.e. straw, dollar bill, spoon) that could have blood on them are means to pass the virus.

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