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Can someone explain the hepatitis C RNA test?

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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
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In brief: Confirmatory test

There are individuals who test positive for hepatitis c on screening test without actual infection (false positive).
Therefore, anyone who tests positive on screening test requires confirmatory test which actually detects hepatitis c rna.

In brief: Confirmatory test

There are individuals who test positive for hepatitis c on screening test without actual infection (false positive).
Therefore, anyone who tests positive on screening test requires confirmatory test which actually detects hepatitis c rna.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park
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Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: How much virus

This test looks for the amount of circulating hcv is in the blood.
It looks specifically at the virus where as a hcv antibody test looks at the body's immune response. We check the antibody to test for prior exposure but follow the viral load (rna test) when someone is on treatment for hcv to see how the medications are affecting the virus and to test for cure.

In brief: How much virus

This test looks for the amount of circulating hcv is in the blood.
It looks specifically at the virus where as a hcv antibody test looks at the body's immune response. We check the antibody to test for prior exposure but follow the viral load (rna test) when someone is on treatment for hcv to see how the medications are affecting the virus and to test for cure.
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
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