What are the advantages of point-of-care screening tests (POCTs) for the diagnosis of hepatitis C (hep C) infection?

Updated: Oct 07, 2019
  • Author: Vinod K Dhawan, MD, FACP, FRCPC, FIDSA; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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A meta-analysis comparing point-of-care screening tests (POCTs) with rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) indicated that POCTs are highly accurate for diagnosing hepatitis C. [51, 52] POCTs do not require special equipment or electricity and are more robust than RDTs at high temperatures; thus, they may enable expanded screening.


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