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If I get tested for hepatitis C and the result is positive, do I need additional tests to be sure?

If I get tested for hepatitis C and the result is positive, do I need additional tests to be sure?

Yes: Your doctor will check viral load to see if you still have hcv or had it and cleared the virus. Sometimes the test can be a false positive. ...Read more

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Dr. Camilla Graham
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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


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I'm 52, never tested for hepatitis C should I get the blood test? No high risk behaviors that I can recall

I'm 52, never tested for hepatitis C   should I get the blood test? No high risk behaviors that I can recall

Better to get tested: Many people have hep c and are not aware. It is important to get tested since, the infection may be treatable and prevent liver damage. ...Read more

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My hepatitis C antibody test is reactive, though my two PCR on 6th month interval are negative, will i ever get my anti body test negative again ?

My hepatitis C antibody test is reactive, though my two PCR  on 6th month interval are negative, will i ever get my anti body test negative again ?

No: Your antibodies are the good guys. They indicate that you have been fighting hep c and will remain positive even if the disease is gone.. ...Read more

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When u get a blood test for hepatitis C and ur real time PCR is 1.5 million instead of 43iu/ml like its supposed to what exactly does that mean?

2 different measures: Both measure the amount of virus in blood stream. Unfortunately there is no standard means of converting one number to the other and the conversions are different depending on the lab that processed the blood sample. The national guideline use the iu/ml as measurements for success of treatment so between the two would file that one away and the one to remember. ...Read more

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If someone had Hepatitis C and tested 40 years after conyraction, can they get a false negative antibody test from taking azathioprine and prednisone?

If someone had Hepatitis C and tested 40 years after conyraction, can they get a false negative antibody test from taking azathioprine and prednisone?

Hep C: If you had hepatitis C for 40 years, azathioprine and prednisone would not be able to mask its presence. Testing for hep C can be via the virus or the antibody. See http://www.webmd.com/hepatitis/hepc-guide/hepatitis-c-exams-and-tests for more information. ...Read more

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Is PCR test for acute hepatitis c? If it is how long after exposure should I get blood test done for the virus to be detected?

Is PCR test for acute hepatitis c? If it is how long after exposure should I get blood test done for the virus to be detected?

6 weeks to 6 months: The time line is variable, you may wish to get tested for hep c antibody for screening. If the antibody test is negative at 6 months you should get pcr test, if that is negative, it would rule out infection with hep c. See this site for more info. http://www.medicinenet.com/hepatitis_c/article.htm. ...Read more

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How could a person get hepatitis c?

How could a person get hepatitis c?

HCV : Is usually spread from contaminated or shared needles. It is less likely to spread sexually or from infected mother to neonate than hbv. ...Read more

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Who should get tested for hepatitis c?

Hep C testing: The "old answer" would be: 1. Abnormal "lfts" 2. At-risk conditions - eg. Blood transfusions pre-1993, any history if IV drug use (even once), history of jaundice or hepatitis etc. Etc. But, the CDC is contemplating recommending all us people born between 1946 and 1965 (and maybe 1970) should be screened once. http://www.hhs.gov/ash/initiatives/hepatitis/actionplan_viralhepatitis2011.pdf. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses--most commonly hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C--or by toxins such as alcohol. With hepatitis, the liver will swell and not work properly, failing to rid the ...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