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What is the next step if I have a confirmed positive anti-hcv test?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Confirm hep c

A positive antihep c test could mean you have hepatitis c or could be a false positive.
Pcr testing would confirm whether one really has the virus. If the PCR is positive, one has hepaititis c. If the PCR is negative and has no hep c risk factors then the antihcv test was likely a false positive.

In brief: Confirm hep c

A positive antihep c test could mean you have hepatitis c or could be a false positive.
Pcr testing would confirm whether one really has the virus. If the PCR is positive, one has hepaititis c. If the PCR is negative and has no hep c risk factors then the antihcv test was likely a false positive.
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
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Dr. Camilla Graham
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Check a viral load

The first test for hepatitis c is an antibody test.
The next is a test for the virus itself, called a viral load or hcv RNA test. If the virus is detected, this person has chronic infection. But 25% of people will spontaneously clear the infection, so hcv antibody does not equal chronic infection. If chronic hepatitis c infection is found, see a specialist for next steps.

In brief: Check a viral load

The first test for hepatitis c is an antibody test.
The next is a test for the virus itself, called a viral load or hcv RNA test. If the virus is detected, this person has chronic infection. But 25% of people will spontaneously clear the infection, so hcv antibody does not equal chronic infection. If chronic hepatitis c infection is found, see a specialist for next steps.
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