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is it possible to have antibodies to hep c without ever having the disease symptoms

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Dr. Joseph Perez
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Many cases of hepatitis c are relatively asymptomatic when contracted. It is the chronic carrier state that can lead to liver damage and cancer that i ... Read More
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Yes: About 20% of people successfully eliminate the virus without treatment and without symptoms of infection.

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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Generally: There are other ways of testing, but if you have a normal immune system and were exposed 11 weeks previously you should have developed measurable anti ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Rayson
28 years experience Pathology
Yes: You make antibodies to hepatitis C within two weeks those are the media bias and then you have long-term in a buddies by five months you have IgG so y ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Not if cured: There are now some truly excellent genotype-specific anti-hepatitis C treatments, AASLD/IDSA-recommended, that replace traditional interferon/ribaviri ... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung answered
38 years experience General Surgery
You don't have HCV: If your hepatitis c antibody test came back after 3 months after exposure, you do not have hepatitis c. The 0.02 is lower than the lower limit of inf ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Overholt
25 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Blood exposure: Risk factors for hep c include blood transfusions prior to 1992, IV drug use, tattoos or piercings, unprotected intercourse, and shared straws for sno ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Are you sure?: Hepatitis C is not cleared by antibody alone . Now that we have rather effective (but expensive) treatment, you need to consider it. Since hep C oft ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rawhi Omar
43 years experience Pathology
Either is possible: Positive anibody test for Hepatitis C indicates only past exposure. Negative PCR means the virus is undetectable which means it is inactive for the t ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Efremov
42 years experience Internal Medicine
Simple blood test: These are specific blood tests done by any labs....
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Check again: If you have had no known exposure (which may be impossible to be 100% sure if one has sexual contact), then get the test repeated to make sure that th ... Read More

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