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Is it possible to have antibodies to hep c without ever having the disease symptoms?

Is it possible to have antibodies to hep c without ever having the disease symptoms?

Yes: Many cases of hepatitis c are relatively asymptomatic when contracted. It is the chronic carrier state that can lead to liver damage and cancer that is the problem. ...Read more

Antibody (Definition)

An antibody is a protein the body's immune system makes to identify potentially harmful substances in the body. Antibodies attach to the substance on a molecular level and mark it so the immune ...Read more


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Will a hep c antibody test at 11 weeks after exposure give a conclusive result?

Will a hep c antibody test at 11 weeks after exposure give a conclusive result?

Generally: There are other ways of testing, but if you have a normal immune system and were exposed 11 weeks previously you should have developed measurable antibody titers by that time. ...Read more

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How long does hep c antibodies take to be made? Is a test accurate at almost 5 months?

Yes: You make antibodies to hepatitis C within two weeks those are the media bias and then you have long-term in a buddies by five months you have IgG so yes it would be elevated ...Read more

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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?

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

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Hep c antibody result + 3 months: non-reactive 0.02 <1.00 what does the 0, 02 mean? Anything to worry about. Thx

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

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My husband tested positive for the hep c antibody, how could he have got this virus?

My husband tested positive for the hep c antibody, how could he have got this virus?

Blood exposure: Risk factors for hep c include blood transfusions prior to 1992, IV drug use, tattoos or piercings, unprotected intercourse, and shared straws for snorting drugs, and children of hep c positive mothers. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Either is possible: Positive anibody test for Hepatitis C indicates only past 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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What kind of antibody tests are available to check for immunity to hep c?

What kind of antibody tests are available to check for immunity to hep c?

None: There is no such thing as immunity to hcv. Only hep a and b which can be determined by blood work. ...Read more

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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?

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

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If I had unprotected sex in august and October would a hep c antibody test be accurate if taken in December?

If I had unprotected sex in august and October would a hep c antibody test be accurate if taken in December?

Not necessarily: If you caught Hep C in October, you may not have antibody in December. You should get tested again. In some cases it may take longer than 6 months for antibodies to appear. A more reliable test at this stage would be Hep C nucleic acid test. ...Read more

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M58, could I donate blood, have hep c antibodies but no virus load, hemoglobin 16.3, platelets 140.?

No: No, you will be rejected. Hep c antibodies indicate that you were exposed with hepatitis c infection in the past. Even though, virus load is undetectable, I will not recommend you to donate your blood. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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.

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

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Which of these 3 hep c antibody screening tests(methodology)is the most accurate: Architect Anti-HCV, Advia Centauer HCV or Roche Eclia?

About equal: 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

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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

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

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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.?

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

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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

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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

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Can you have a negative hep c antibody screen blood test but a positive viral load test?

Possible: It is possible, though not common, to have the results you described. It would be prudent to consult an infectious disease specialist as hepatitis C is now curable in most cases. ...Read more

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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

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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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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?

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?

May be: 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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Hep-c test =positive and anti HCV antibody test result = negative what it mean? And is it require taking HBV vaccination?

Unrelated issue: It sounds like the screening test for hcv was positive, but not confirmed. This would not speak to the need or lack thereof for hepatitis b vaccination. ...Read more

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