What does having hepatitis C virus antibody (anti hcv) mean to you?

HCV antibody. It indicates that you've been exposed to the hcv. You should be evaluated by a gastroenterologist or infectious disease specialist.
Risk of cirrhosis. Not everyone with a positive hcv anthony has chronic hepatitis. The diagnosis must be confirmed with a riba or hcv RNA test. Hepatitis c increases your risk of cirrhosis and liver cancer. A liver biopsy indicates the degree of liver damage and whether treatment is needed. Hepatitis c treatment continues to improve, and the condition is often curable.

Related Questions

After anti HCV antibody test result = negative, still is there any chances virus left in blood which can spread?

Unclear. I am unclear of your question. I think you mean that the viral load is negative, presumably after treatment. If that is the case then you have cleared the virus and you are not contagious. The antibody test will never change and will always be positive (abnormal). Read more...

Hepatitis C (HCV) Antibody result is reactive. Hepatitis C Virus Antibody Verification test result is non reacitve. Is antibody result false positive?

Probably not. the presence of the antibody indicates an exposure to the antigen (the virus) . the absence of the virus indicates that the virus has been eradicated. It is possible that the antibody result is a false positive. This is unlikely. Read more...

If my results says anti-hcv - he c antibody reactive [non-reacti] finale what exactly does that mean?

Hepatitis C. A repeatedly reactive hepatitis C antibody test means that you either have a current hepatitis C infection or a past infection that has resolved, or possibly a false positive test. You need more detailed testing to sort this out. There are effective treatments for hepatitis C now. It is a serious disease if left untreated. Do not ignore this. See your doctor for further testing. Good luck. Read more...

Anti HCV antibody test result = negative, what it mean?

No HCV infection. The first test that is done to see if someone has been exposed to hcv is an antibody test. If it is negative the vast majoity of people do not need additional testing. If someone had a recent exposure (high risk injection, sex, etc) the antibody might not be positive yet (can take 3 -6 months) and a hcv RNA (viral load) test is done. Also, if HIV or other immunosuppression may need RNA test. Read more...
Depends on exposure. Negative hep c antibody means no evidence of chronic hepatitis c infection. In acute hep c or in setting of immunosuppression, hcv viral load testing is helpful because hcv RNA can be detected within 2-3 days after exposure. Antibodies to hcv are detectable an average of 7-8 weeks after exposure. Read more...

In 9months pregnant gone through hepatitis-c test = positive and doctor referred for anti-hcv test and anti-hcv = negative, is that no-hcv in me?

See below. Your question is a bit unclear. The anti-hcv antibody test can be a false positive, or can indicate that someone was previously exposed to hcv but spontaneously cleared it and is no longer infected. Everyone who has a positive hcv antibody test needs a hcv RNA (viral load) test to see if they actually have active infection. If the hcv RNA is undetectable, check again in 4 -6 months to make sure. Read more...