Hepatitis C is a treatable and curable condition. The DBS test is a new, free, easy and private way to test for hep C.

 

What is the DBS Test?

 

DBS uses drops of blood from the end of your finger

The DBS Test has a number of advantages: 

  • No needles or syringes 
  • Confidential and anonymous (when completed at home) 
  • Convenience

 

Why test with DBS?

 

Did you know that around 1 in every 5 people living with hepatitis C don’t know they have it?1

Every person with hep C can be cured – but first you need to be tested. The dried blood spot test (DBS) is a new, free, easy and private way to test for hep C. 

DBS is FREE if:

  •  you have ever injected a drug, or 
  • identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or 
  • have ever been in prison, 
  • or are from countries where hepatitis C is more common. 

You also must be over 16 years of age and living in NSW.

 

How to access DBS testing?

 

The test can be accessed in two main ways:

  1. At home, you register online and a testing kit is sent to you in the mail.
  2. In a clinic or pop-up service, you can get a nurse, a peer or another worker to help you and they can register you online.

You can get your results by phone, SMS text or email so you don’t need to go to a clinic or see a doctor to do this test. 

 

The DBS test has a number of advantages

 

No needles or syringes

 

DBS uses drops of blood from the end of your finger and doesn’t involve doctors or nurses taking blood from veins using a needle and syringe.

 

Confidential and anonymous

 

By doing the test at home, no one has to know who you are and you don’t need to see anyone face to face.  You just need to provide enough detail for someone to contact you with the results.

 

Convenience

 

DBS is ideal if it is hard to get to a clinic or GP, you can take the test any time that suits you.

 

Accessing treatment

 

If you complete a DBS test and your result is positive then the people giving you results can help you access treatment.

 

Further information about DBS testing

 

To chat about DBS or for further information

Call the Hepatitis Infoline 1800 803 990

Or go to DBS website


1 Fifth National Hepatitis C Strategy

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