What does a hepatitis C ab reactive, mean?

Exposure / Infection. It indicates you have been exposed to hepatitis c, but necessarily that you have active hep c. You need to see your doctor and have a viral load checked.

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Could you tell me why my hepatitis C ab, IgM read reactive a and the signal to cut off is 28.70 m <1.00 mean?

Antibody Test. If the test is greater than the signal-to-cutoff value, it means that there is hepatitis C antibody in the blood. This doesn't necessarily mean that a person is infected. To confirm that there is active infection, a virus test has to be done. Read more...

How do you read the results of a hepatitis C ab test?

Positive or negative. A positive or reactive antibody test means you either had or still have hepatitis c. A negative or non-reactive test means you don't. If your test is positive, you then need either an hcv RNA or a riba to find out if they virus is still present or if you've cleared it and are no longer infected. Read more...

I had a hepatitis C ab test and I don't know how to read the results?

U're not supposed to. Talk to your doc to interpret your results, if you need any further testing (or not). Read more...
+ or - It's either reactive or not. If not reactive then you don't have hcv. If reactive you might have hcv. Read more...

What is hepatitis C ab?

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. Read more...
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). Read more...

What is the definition or description of: hepatitis C ab?

Anti-HCV antibody. Laboratory testing for hcv infection usually begins by screening for the presence of hcv antibodies (anti-hcv) in serum, using an fda-approved anti-hcv screening test. Hcv antibodies are usually not detected during the first 2 months following infection and are almost always detectable by the late convalescent stage (>6 months after onset) of infection. Read more...
Marker. For hcv infection.. Can be falsely positive so it should be confirmed with pcr. This antibody is not protective against the infection. Read more...