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Updated June 23, 2014

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Definition: HCV RNA stands for hepatitis C virus ribonucleic acid. RNA is the virus' genetic material.

However, in most cases, the term HCV RNA is referring to a test that identifies the presence of hepatitis C virus in your blood. The test is expensive (about $100 or so), but it can give very accurate results. Doctors use this test to confirm a current infection or monitor your treatment.

For more information, read What Are HCV RNA Tests?

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