Testing for hepatitis C is not part of normal blood tests—you generally have to ask your doctor.

There are two exceptions to this:

  • Most pregnant women are tested for hepatitis C as part of normal screening during pregnancy.1
  • If you donate blood to the blood bank, it will be tested, and you will be notified if you have been exposed to hepatitis C.2

Read our article: No, you’re not being tested for hepatitis as part of a routine blood test


  1. (2018, June). Blood tests during pregnancy. Retrieved from Pregnancy, birth & baby.
  2. Australian Red Cross. (n.d.) Blood testing and safety. Retrieved from Australian Red Cross Lifeblood.

Updated 18 June 2020