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Is It Possible To Have Antibodies To Hep C Without Ever Having The Disease Symptoms
If u have hep c & been told that u have fought it with your antibodies do u still have hep c in your system should u take medication. Thanks?
Not if cured: There are now some truly excellent genotype-specific anti-hepatitis C treatments, AASLD/IDSA-recommended, that replace traditional interferon/ribavirin with outstanding efficacy & tolerability, & are entirely oral. However, if you have antibody to hep C but are reproducibly negative for detectable virus, you're cured. ...Read more
Hep c antibody result + 3 months: non-reactive 0.02 <1.00 what does the 0, 02 mean? Anything to worry about. Thx
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 infection for the assay used at that lab (1.0). Please check with your physician to make sure that this result is put into context of your specific situation. There are confirmatory tests, such as hepatitis c RNA or pcr, if there are doubts. ...Read more
I was told I'd hep c but on the 2nd test I was clear due to antibodies fighting it.can I drink eg rum again?
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 often leads to cirrhosis of the liver, you need to talk to your doctor whether alcohol consumption is advisable. If necessary get a 2nd opinion since the test results make no sense (I'd guess that one of the test results might have been an error) ...Read more
If a person has hep c antibodies but an undetectable PCR is it gone or can it be in the body dormant? Can it reactivate?
None: There is no such thing as immunity to hcv. Only hep a and b which can be determined by blood work. ...Read more
I recently gave blood and had hep c antibodies test positive. How can this be when I don't expose myself to anyway of coming in contact with it?
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 this was not a lab error. If the test remains positive, then you will need to find out if you have an ongoing Hep C infection which can be effectively treated. The consequence of untreated Hep C may be liver failure or cancer. ...Read more
If I had unprotected sex in august and October would a hep c antibody test be accurate if taken in December?
M58, could I donate blood, have hep c antibodies but no virus load, hemoglobin 16.3, platelets 140.?
3 hep c antibody screen tests done. First low positive, 2nd two neg. Thoughts? Could the two negatives be false negatives?
05/05/2016 Siemens Advia Centaur hep C antibody result positive.08/10/2016 Abbott Architect (cmia) hep C antibody result negative. Who is telling truth?
It's not really: A question of truth telling. No test is perfect: the proteins and reactants used in each test will respond to an individual's blood/biologic material, potentially, in a different way. Falsely positive or falsely negative results are not very unusual. You need to decide on a confirmatory strategy with your doctor. Retesting is necessary and an expert can help you weigh the evidence to decide result ...Read more
Doc said the 0.04 hep c result could mean it picked up antibodies in my blood antibodies to what? And that result doesn't indicate exposure.
To lots of things...: The doctor may mean "antibodies in general". We humans have millions of different types of antibodies to everything we are exposed to in life, from before birth, to the present day. These antibodies are inside of us, and are obviously different from one person to another. Lab tests for one antibody may pick up traces of other antibodies, so a NEG lab result may have a value slightly above zero. ...Read more
Can.o4 hep c test result non-reactive mean that I could have the virus and my body hasn't made enough Antibodies yet?
Get: A viral RNA count to be sure ...Read more
Would a negative hep c antibody test at 14 weeks post possible exposure and a negative Hep c PCR at 18 weeks mean I don't have it?
Do they do confirmation test when"The signal to cutoff ratio for hep c antibody is 0.03", with "Anti-HCV Signal Cutoff ratios: less than 1.0 negative"?
Not necessary: That's a negative test result, with no need for confirmation. ...Read more
Which of these 3 hep c antibody screening tests(methodology)is the most accurate: Architect Anti-HCV, Advia Centauer HCV or Roche Eclia?
All three methods are FDA approved and about equally accurate. If you have concern about active Hep C infection, get a Hep C nucleic acid test.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more
I had (was exposed to?) hep C; can I sell/donate My breast milk? I never knew I had it til I was preg and just have the antibodies or something
Get checked: If you have Hep C antibodies you Ned to be checked to see if you have circulating virus. This has implications for your health. Effective therapy is now available. If antibody is negative, no worries. Even if you have active hepatitis C breast milk is extremely unlikely to transmit the virus to the infant. ...Read more
Hello, my son tested positive for hep c antibody. The only reason he was even tested was because we were considering the use of Xeljanz, an RA drug, for his auto immune alopecia universalis. He s 16. No drugs or sex. No transfusions done. He was retested
Is HIV Pooled RNA together with HIV antibody test and HEP C pooled RNA together with Hep C antibody test at 93 days of a Lancet prick conclusive? Thx
Yes: Pooling makes no difference in these tests. Negative results at 3 months are conclusive. ...Read more
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?
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. ...Read more
False positive hep c antibody tests? I have had 2 positive tests 1.04, 1.15 and one negative test. Also, 2 negative PCR tests, 18 wks after needle stic
Hep C unlikely: 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, give than Hep C pcr test was negative at 18 weeks after exposure, it is unlikely that you have Hep C infection. ...Read more
Advia hep. C antibody +, HCV RNA -. 3 months later Architect hep C Ab -, HCV RNA -. 2 Hep C Ab Verification tests -. Is Advia hepC Ab test false positiv
Without more info: And only the data you submitted in your question, I would put it together the way you did: the first Advia hepC Ab test was a false positive. I presume other experts who arranged your follow-up testing have suggested the same interpretation. Stay well:) ...Read more
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
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
Advia hep. C antibody +, HCV RNA -. 3 months later Architect hep. C antibody -, HCV RNA -. 2 hep C Ab Verification tests-. Can above person donate blood?
You ought to disclose these results to the blood bank so that they may make a determination on your eligibility to donate along with other health factors.
I commend you for considering doing your civic duty. ...Read more
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