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A 57-year-old male asked:

I had blood transfusion when i was 12 yeat old now at the age of 57 i have antibody number at 14 (with cutoff of 1), could hep c persists for 45 yrs ?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
Yes: This is actually a fairly common situation. Hepatitis c, especially in a younger person, is prone to smolder for decades. I'm sorry it happened to you. I trust that this was an antibody against hepatitis c, and that you will be followed up with an assay for the virus. There are many false-positive hepatitis c screens. Good luck.
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