DBS testing has been used successfully to detect HCV antibody positive individuals. Determining how long someone has been infected is important for surveillance initiatives. Antibody avidity is a method that can be used to calculate recency of infection.
- Hepatitis C
- avidity test
- blood test
Shepherd, S. J., Keen, J., Hutchinson, S., Cameron, S. O., Goldberg, D. J., Carman, W., Gunson, R. N., & Aitken, C. (2013). A hepatitis C avidity test for determining recent and past infections in both plasma and dried blood spots. Journal of Clinical Virology, 57(1), 29-35. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcv.2013.01.002