NEW YORK (360Dx) – Hepatitis C virus RNA testing at the point of care could provide an advantage over antibody testing by enabling diagnosis of active infection in a single visit, according to a recent study conducted by researchers in Australia.

These point-of-care tests can play a vital role to ensure that people receive proper treatment, said Jason Grebely, an associate professor at the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, who conducts point-of-care HCV testing for substance users.

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