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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?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Tracey Leaver-Williams
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

While antibodies can take a longer period of time to form (4-6 weeks for igg), the pcr tests are checking for viral dna/rna and can be detected much earlier. If you have had exposure and 10-14 days have passed you could be tested.
The thing with hep c is that while it can be sexually transmitted it is much more commonly passed by needle sharing, tattoos and direct exposure to blood.

In brief: Yes

While antibodies can take a longer period of time to form (4-6 weeks for igg), the pcr tests are checking for viral dna/rna and can be detected much earlier. If you have had exposure and 10-14 days have passed you could be tested.
The thing with hep c is that while it can be sexually transmitted it is much more commonly passed by needle sharing, tattoos and direct exposure to blood.
Dr. Tracey Leaver-Williams
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