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What is hepatitis C ab?

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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Antibody

Ab is short for antibody.
If you've been exposed to hepatitis c, your body will generate antibodies against it. It's usually the first line test we order if we're looking for hepatitis c. If it comes back positive, usually order more tests, like viral load (how much virus there is in your body).

In brief: Antibody

Ab is short for antibody.
If you've been exposed to hepatitis c, your body will generate antibodies against it. It's usually the first line test we order if we're looking for hepatitis c. If it comes back positive, usually order more tests, like viral load (how much virus there is in your body).
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
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Dr. Thomas Buehner
It should be noted that even if you are treated for Hepatitis C and considered a cure, your Hep C antibody will remain positive for life and that does not mean that the treatment failed or that you were reinfected.
Dr. Andrew N. De la Torre
Surgery - Transplant
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In brief: Exposure marker

Hepatitis c antibody a immunologic protein the body makes indicating one has been infected by the hepatitis c virus.
It provides no protection against the virus. 80% of patients will not clear the virus from their body and will develop chronic infection. They will have detectable virus in their blood (viremia). Even if no virus is detected in the blood, the antibody remains.

In brief: Exposure marker

Hepatitis c antibody a immunologic protein the body makes indicating one has been infected by the hepatitis c virus.
It provides no protection against the virus. 80% of patients will not clear the virus from their body and will develop chronic infection. They will have detectable virus in their blood (viremia). Even if no virus is detected in the blood, the antibody remains.
Dr. Andrew N. De la Torre
Dr. Andrew N. De la Torre
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