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Doctor insights on: Hcv Rna Virus

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My tes apositive antibody but a negative HCV RNA virus c genotype 4 aftter one year same result is it mean i am clear?

My tes apositive antibody but a negative HCV RNA  virus c  genotype  4 aftter one year same result   is it mean i am clear?

Most likely clear: The positive HCV antibody indicates that you were exposed to the virus at some point in the past and your immune system reacted with producing antibodies. The negative RNA implies that there is no viable virus that can be detected by this test in your blood (your immune system at the time of exposure succeeded in eliminating the virus) ...Read more

Rubella Virus (Definition)

Pathological virus, causing a disease called rubella, or 3 -day measles, or german measles; and characterized by 3 days rash and fever. Rubella is a common infection, and mild in children and young adults. During pregnancy it might cause congenital rubella disease in the fetus with the development of cataracts, congenital heart defects, deafness, mental retardation, ...Read more


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I have a positive antibody but a negative HCV RNA virus c genotype 4 after one year same result i didn't take any medication before or now ?

I have a positive antibody but a negative HCV RNA  virus c  genotype  4 after one year same  result i didn't take any medication before or now ?

No active infection: A proportion of people, 10-20%, do clear the virus and do not get chronic infection. The antibody means you did get infected. Not finding any viral nucleic acid means that you do not have active infection. If have not done so, take Hep A and Hep B vaccination. ...Read more

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I took a HCV RNA test. My doctor said that the virus is not replicating. Does this mean i'm cured or it's hibernating?

I took a HCV RNA test. My doctor said that the virus is not replicating. Does this mean i'm cured or it's hibernating?

Cured: If you have a positive antibody but a negative hcv RNA while on no anti-hcv therapy, then your body either cleared the infection on its own, or you were medically cured. Either way, it's good news, . ...Read more

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What are HCV RNA tests?

What are HCV RNA tests?

Blood test: Hcv RNA is a blood test that quantifies how mich virus you have in your body; also called your "viral load". It is measured from a standard blood draw and reported as iu (international units) per milliliter (ml). ...Read more

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I have negative HCV rna(pcr), so how accurate is the test?

I have negative HCV rna(pcr), so how accurate is the test?

Accurate: Negative hcv RNA qualitative test means no circulating hep c virus. If the antibody test for hep c is also negative, it would mean no exposure to hep c. ...Read more

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How accurate is a negative hcv rna pcr test 2 weeks after possible exposure?

HCV testing: Very acute. If HCV RNA negative, check HCV antibody, if negative, acute HCV is unlikely. If HCV RNA negative, HCV antibody positive, check HCV RNA again in 12 weeks, if negative, HCV cleared. If HCV RNA becomes positive, treat HCV infection. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of this test? Hcv RNA by PCR quantitative and what does this test show?

What is the purpose of this test? Hcv RNA by PCR quantitative and what does this test show?

Checking hepatitis C: This test will confirm whether a preliminary screening test for hepatitis c (anti-hcv ab) is a true positive or not. Also, the level of the test has some predictive value in terms of whether or not one would respond to hep c therapy or not. ...Read more

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My HCV RNA results is as follow: hcv RNA log log iu/ml 6.55 this reault was determined using theabbott real time HCV assay. What do you recommend?

My HCV RNA results is as follow:
hcv RNA log log iu/ml 6.55 
this reault was determined using theabbott real time HCV assay. What do you recommend?

Hepatitis C: In addition to that figure, need to know the type of hepatitis c(1-6) current liver enzymes - especially alt, severity of liver disease by biopsy or imaging of the liver. Recommendation for therapy now or "watchful waiting" contingent on these factors . If not protected (immune) to hepatitis a , hepatitis b vaccination is recommended. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: HCV rna?

What is the definition or description of: HCV rna?

Viral infection: Hcv is the hepatitis c virus, an important cause of chronic liver disease and some cancers. Rna is ribonucleic acid, a chemical similar to dna. Some viruses, including hcv, use RNA as their genetic material instead of dna. For patients infected with hcv, a blood test for hvc RNA is a measure of "viral load", how much virus they are carrying. This can be used to measure progress of therapy. ...Read more

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Window for hcv ab test and hcv rna test?

Window for hcv ab test and hcv rna test?

HCV: Nowadays with polymerase chain reaction technology it is making "window" periods a less discussed issue. In my practice if I suspected a recent infection (say days to weeks old)..this test would show virons in your blood. Once this virus hits your bloodstream it explodes exponentially. Some people are fortunate that their bodies contain the infection..most do not. ...Read more

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My HCV RNA quantitative test result said target not detected. Shouldi be worried?

That is good: that means that the hepatitis C virus is not detected in your blood, which is good! if it is detected, it means you have active hepatitis C virus replication in the blood. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my HCV RNA quantitative test result is target not detected. what is the risk?

Need more info: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, is this the first test you had or were you under treatment for HCV? If the latter, stay on treatment to complete the course. ...Read more

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Could you tell me why if my HCV RNA quantitative test result is target not detected, what is the risk?

Could you tell me why if my HCV RNA quantitative test result is target not detected, what is the risk?

Did you have hcv: It depends, if you had hcv and now do not have detectable rna it would mean that treatment was effective but may need follow-up. Target not detected means just that, not that the target is absent with certainty. Sort of like not-guilty vs. innocent. ...Read more

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What is the possibility of having a positive HCV ab screen but a negative HCV RNA PCR test?

What is the possibility of having a positive HCV ab screen but a negative HCV RNA PCR test?

10%: Around 10% of patients with hcv + will have negative PCR viral load. This means either a false positive (confirmed with negative riba) or cleared previous infection. ...Read more

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HCVantibody screen is reactive with a low signal to cutoff ratio.2 con.HCV RNA PCR tests 2 months apart are not detected or negative.Does one has hepC

No: PCR test is more reliable. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Can you have a HCV RNA qualitative instead of the quantitative?

Can you have a HCV RNA qualitative instead of the quantitative?

Different purposes: A qualitative test is just to establish the presence of viral nucleic acid and to confirm the diagnosis of hep c. Quantitative assays are to assess the viral load and to monitor the response to treatment. ...Read more

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My HCV RNA test is negative, so then how often should I get rechecked?

My HCV RNA test is negative, so then how often should I get rechecked?

May be no need.: This is apparently an RNA PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test that determines virus particles, or viral load in the body. This can be negative, but if an immunoblot test was positive, it would mean that you had an infection with hepatitis c and it was cleared. If the immunoblot was negative, then you never had an infection, and if you had an immunoassay and it was positive, then it was wrong. ...Read more

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After getting HCV RNA negative some years back, how often should I check it?

After getting HCV RNA negative some years back, how often should I check it?

Depends: If no risk factors since last test then it will not need to be rechecked. ...Read more

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Can i transplant kidny with negative HCV RNA (pcr) .And positive HCV anti body. Thanks?

May be: Do you mean to ask, "am i a suitable kidney donor?". It depends on rest of your health and markers for infectious diseases. If you are otherwise healthy you could certainly donate to a person who is already sero-positive for hep c. ...Read more

Herpes Virus (Definition)

Viruses from the family herperviridae. At least seven species of herpesvirus are known to be infectious to man: herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2, varicella zoster virus, epstein-barr virus, cytomegalovirus, human herpesvirus 6, ...Read more


Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more