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Can someone explain the hepatitis C RNA test?

Can someone explain the hepatitis C RNA test?

Confirmatory test: There are individuals who test positive for hepatitis c on screening test without actual infection (false positive). Therefore, anyone who tests positive on screening test requires confirmatory test which actually detects hepatitis c rna. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Hep C (Definition)

A viral infection that effects the liver that can result in chronic disease, liver failure, and ...Read more


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Can someone tell me how long will it take to show hepatitis C rna?

Unclear question: What is the starting point? It takes a few weeks for hep c infection to become evident. ...Read more

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Treating Hepatitis C (Checklist)

Find a doctor who specializes in treating people with hepatitis C
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Stop drinking alcohol until you find out how your liver is doing
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Get an HCV viral load test to make sure you have an active infection
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Get vaccinated for hepatitis B if you have not already been exposed to it
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I was told 6 mod ago I have toxic hepatitis. I used to be a heavy drinker but got sober when I got this dx. Yesterday dr told me I still have it. Why?

I was told 6 mod ago I have toxic hepatitis. I used to be a heavy drinker but got sober when I got this dx. Yesterday dr told me I still have it. Why?

Liver Toxicity: I am sorry to have to complicate your question further. But, you are failing to tell us what type of hepatitis you have. Is this a viral hepatitis or just alcohol hepatitis or is it fatty liver hepatitis? My guess, given that you did the exact right thing by stopping drinking is that this is fatty liver disease and you will need to work on your sugar intake, treat diabetes if you have diabetes. ...Read more

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Hepatitis c RNA test results - a negative means you have no disease?

Hepatitis c RNA test results - a negative means you have no disease?

Can mean no Dis now.: 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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Treating Hepatitis A (Checklist)

Drink plenty of fluids
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Maintain strict personal hygiene
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Follow a bland diet
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If you start feeling worse, call a doctor immediately
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My weight is 154kg. Age 30.Height 6 feet. I have enlarged live and spleen. In my blood screening test HCV is +.But PCR RNA of hepatits c viral is negtive?

My weight is 154kg. Age 30.Height 6 feet. I have enlarged live and spleen. In my blood screening test HCV is +.But PCR RNA of hepatits c viral is negtive?

Maybe false positive: Or the lab could have switched your blood with someone else's blood.

You may want to go to reputable lab like quest or bioreference, but not labcorp and have it rechecked. ...Read more

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Can someone explain the hepatitis C RNA test?

Confirmatory test: There are individuals who test positive for hepatitis c on screening test without actual infection (false positive). Therefore, anyone who tests positive on screening test requires confirmatory test which actually detects hepatitis c rna. ...Read more

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Treating Hepatitis B (Checklist)

See your gastroenterologist
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Follow the recommended therapy completely
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Notify your doctor if you're pregnant
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Get periodic repeat blood tests
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How much time will it take to show hepatitis C rna?

How much time will it take to show hepatitis C rna?

6-10 weeks on ave: Average. But can take as long as 6 months. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will it take to show hepatitis C rna?

Unclear question: What is the starting point? It takes a few weeks for hep c infection to become evident. ...Read more

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Hepatitis c RNA test results - a negative means you have no disease?

Can mean no Dis now.: 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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If a newborn child from a woman with hepatitis c, do hepatitis C RNA test within 3 months, then will it show if he is infected with hcv?

If a newborn child from a woman with hepatitis c, do hepatitis C RNA test within 3 months, then will it show if he is infected with hcv?

Generally so: If the mother has hepatitis c, performing a hepatitis c RNA test at 3 months and obtaining viral load will identify whether the infant has acquired hepatitis c from the mother. Tests of liver function should be performed the hepatitisc RNA should be repeated at 6-12 months. New medications are available and interferon Alpha can be used to treat infants. ...Read more

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Does viral hepatitis C kill?

Does viral hepatitis C kill?

It can: Persons with chronic hepatitis c can develop cirrhosis and liver cancer especially in those with concomitant alcohol abuse. Most of those infected however when they die, die with the virus, not from the virus. ...Read more

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Best friend is infected with viral hepatitis C will she die soon?

Likely not soon: Although hepatitis c can result in cirrhosis and liver cancer, the process takes a number of decades from initial infection if it does at all. Therapy is available as well to prevent this. Despite some gloom, most people who have the virus, when they die, they die with it, not of it. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hepatitis C viral load and hepetitis c genotype?

What is the difference between hepatitis C viral load and hepetitis c genotype?

Numbers and type: Viral load refers to how many viral molecules can be detected in the blood. It gives an idea about how active the virus is and can be used to monitor response to therapy. Genotype refers to a test that can identify subtypes of hep c. Certain genotypes are more likely to respond to a given therapy, so this information can be useful in deciding in what treatment, if any, would be best. ...Read more

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If u have hep c with no RNA (viral load) how come you're not infectious & no treatment needed? Thanks

Hep C testing: If you have no detectable hepatitis C virus -then you don't have the infection! The human body is capable of clearing out the infection in about 15% of people -by itself without any medicine. You probably have the Hepatitis C antibody showing in your blood. That is evidence your body 'saw' the virus and 'killed it' before any real damage was done. So this is GREAT NEWS! Congratulations! ...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 b, HCV ab and HCV PCR all negative 2 years post exposure but elevated gpt, got, GGT recently, I just want to keep ruling out viral hepatitis, could i?

Hep b, HCV ab and HCV PCR all negative 2 years post exposure but elevated gpt, got, GGT recently, I just want to keep ruling out viral hepatitis, could i?

Some ideas: Hopefully you've gotten immunized against hepatitis b, and hopefully you're not doing needle drugs to put you at risk for hepatitis c. You'd do well to have labs to look for hemochromatosis, wilson's, and autoimmune hepatitis. Many people have elevated liver enzymes that can be lowered just be getting more physically active. Glad you don't drink. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is hepatitis C spread through sex?

Yes...maybe: Here are two extremes. A monogamous heterosexual couple has one partner who finds out he has hcv. If the other partner is negative the cdc does not recommend condom use. On the other hand, we have an epidemic of hcv in men who have unprotected anal sex with other men. Condom use is strongly recommended in this case. New partners should use condoms for hcv, hiv, hep b, syphilis, gc, chlamydia, etc. ...Read more

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Who can be treated for hepatitis c?

Everybody: Everybody should be treated for hepatitis C. There are however certain exceptions in which patients may not be able to be treated due to interactions with other medications, or other unstable medical conditions which would preclude treatment ...Read more

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How does hepatitis C usually begin?

How does hepatitis C usually begin?

Asymptomatically: This is a viral infection which over time causes liver damage. It is typically transmitted from one person to another by sharing needles, Cocaine straws and by blood transfusions received before 1991. It can cause fatigue but most have no symptoms. ...Read more

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How do people contract hepatitis c?

Contact with blood: One can catch hepatitis C from an infected person by getting the infected person's blood into oneself by activities such as: sharing needles during drug abuse, accidental needle-sticks, being born to a hepc+ mother, sharing razors or toothbrushes, or having sex. Transmission of hepc virus during sex can happen, but is uncommon. ...Read more

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How can hepatitis C start to form?

How can hepatitis C start to form?

Start liver disease: When someone is exposed to hepatitis c, the virus can be detected in the blood by 2 -4 weeks, and antibody by 3 -6 months. Initially there is a lot of inflammation of the liver as the immune system tries to fight hcv (about 25% of the time the body wins and clears hcv). For 75% of people, over the next several decades there is slow development of scarring, which can lead to cirrhosis. ...Read more

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How can a person with, hepatitis C live?

Normal: Majority of people with hep c live a normal life but have to take certain precautions. They learn to avoid certain products like alcohol, illicit drugs, medications which has tylenol, (acetaminophen) seek alternative therapies to maintain healthy liver function, and they live with constant hope of finding a cure. If hep c is associated with liver dysfunction, special interferon therapy can be used for suppression. ...Read more

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Can you have hepatitis C and never know?

Can you have hepatitis C and never know?

Yes: Having hepatitis c usually doesn't cause signs or symptoms until cirrhosis develops. The new cdc recommends that everyone born between 1945-1965 get tested. If you are concerned, there is a simple blood test that can be done to determine if you have hep c. ...Read more

Rna (Definition)

This is a building block for dna. Rna is what makes up the double helix and ...Read more


Dr. Camilla Graham
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Hepatitis C (Definition)

An infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver ...Read more