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Does the hepatitis C test turn positive as soon as you catch the disease?
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Dr. John Fung
Surgery
In brief: No
There are two types of tests for hepatitis c, one that measures the virus directly, the other that measures the body's response to the virus, usually an antibody test.
The antibody test may take 2-4 weeks to turn positive after viral infection, whereas direct measurement of the virus (usually by molecular testing) takes 3-7 days after infection, the incubation phase, one can be infectious.

In brief: No
There are two types of tests for hepatitis c, one that measures the virus directly, the other that measures the body's response to the virus, usually an antibody test.
The antibody test may take 2-4 weeks to turn positive after viral infection, whereas direct measurement of the virus (usually by molecular testing) takes 3-7 days after infection, the incubation phase, one can be infectious.
Dr. John Fung
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
In brief: No can take weeks
It's not like you wake up the next day after infection with a positive test; takes some time to develop antibodies.

In brief: No can take weeks
It's not like you wake up the next day after infection with a positive test; takes some time to develop antibodies.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Dr. Arthur Heller
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