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Hep c antibody rest reactive, qualitative RNA PCR says no RNA material found. Do i need further tests or i can relax that I have cleared. ?

Hep c antibody rest reactive, qualitative RNA PCR says no RNA material found. Do i need further tests or i can relax that I have cleared. ?

Mostly likely yes: This is wonderful news. Very rarely people can have fluctuately virus levels, so some people get checked one more time in around 4 months to definitively establish that they spontaneously cleared their hcv infection. ...Read more

Polymerase Chain Reaction (Definition)

Polymerase chain reaction is a method of finding a specific piece of dna and copying it over and over again until there is enough to study. The technique allows a scientist to detect very small amounts of dna in a swab sample then reproduce enough of it to study it. It is very sensisitive for detecting the presence of certain bacteria and is also used in doing other ...Read more


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Hep c anti body 14 with cutoff of 1, but qualitative HCV RNA PCR says no RNA material detected. In notes says single test not enough . My alt, cbc, ok

Hep c anti body 14 with cutoff of 1, but qualitative HCV RNA PCR says no RNA material detected. In notes says single test not enough . My alt, cbc, ok

Probably cleared: The hcv viral load tests are not fda approved to confirm active infection, although this is how most doctors use it. If a repeat viral load in around 4 months is also negative, people are considered to have spontaneously cleared infection. ...Read more

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Is it safe to stay on Suboxone after being diagnosed with hep c? So far no lft abnormalities, but HCV antibody positive. Pending PCR and viral load

Is it safe to stay on Suboxone after being diagnosed with hep c?  So far no lft  abnormalities, but HCV antibody positive.  Pending PCR and viral load

Yes!: It is very safe--in fact, i would insist one of my patients stay on the suboxone especially if they were going to go through the interfuron therapy. It is bad enough trying to go off suboxone without having hepatitis or being on the interfuron! just make sure your doctor keeps up with your lft's. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hep c +, no viral load, RNA performed.Was told i cleared the virus 11years ago. In a new relationship. How do I explain this to my partner? Confused.

Hep c +, no viral load, RNA performed.Was told i cleared the virus 11years ago. In a new relationship. How do I explain this to my partner? Confused.

Hepatitis C Cleared: This means you were infected. But, you did not get the chronic or active infection. Clearing this infection means you are no longer contagious. ...Read more

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Hep C indeterminate result before 6+ months, 2 negative result within 6 months, 1 indeterminate last week. Doc will not do pcr test. Do I Have hep c?

Hep C indeterminate result before 6+ months, 2 negative result within 6 months, 1 indeterminate last week. Doc will not do pcr test. Do I Have hep c?

I say no: I'm sorry you can't get a definitive test. The old antibody assays gave many tests like this, and folks like you usually proved not to have the bug on board. Why not relax? You're not a significant danger to your friends, even possible romantic partners. I trust you're not sharing needles. I think Hep C will be easy to cure for almost anyone soon enough if you DO prove to have it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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If a person has hep c antibodies but a undetectable PCR is it gone or can it be in the body dormant? Can it reactivate?

If a person has hep c antibodies but a undetectable PCR is it gone or can it be  in the body dormant? Can it reactivate?

Either is possible: Positive anibody test for Hepatitis C indicates only oast exposure. Negative PCR means the virus is undetectable which means it is inactive for the time being but with no guarantee that it had completely disappeared ...Read more

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Hep c ab positive. Pcr non reactive. Am i contagious?

No: If you have a positive hcv antibody but a negative pcr, you most likely had hepatitis c at one time but cleared the infection, in which case you no longer have hepatitis and are not contagious. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Hepatitis C (Definition)

Hepatitis c is a virus that replicates (makes copies of itself) in the human liver. People can be infected by exposure to even very small amounts of blood. Over 20 to 40 years it can cause scarring of the liver, and severe scarring is called cirrhosis. People can be tested for exposure with an antibody test. If that is positive, they need a test for the virus itself ...Read more


Pcr (Definition)

Polymerase chain reaction is used in molecular biology to amplify copies of dna. It is used in dna cloning for sequencing, functional analysis of genes, identification of genetic finger prints, diagnosis of hereditary ...Read more