My Hepatitis C Antibody test was non reactive. The results included a comment "Does not exclude early acute HCV infection". What does this mean?

See below. It takes the body variable period of time to make antibodies in response to an infection. In the case of Hep C it may take a few weeks from the time of infection to the time when the body makes antibodies. If you are concerned about have been exposed to Hep C, you may wish to repeat the test in about 6 months.

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Male 57, hepatitis C antibody result says reactive 14 with cutoff of 1. Test performed byy ECLIA. How much chance of false positive. Prognosis?

Likely Hep C. You may seek confirmation of active infection by getting a test for viral nucleic acid. Even if you have hepatitis c, please note that there are effective treatments to control the damage. Consult a gastroenterologist for care. Read more...
Check viral load. Even when people have high titer hepatitis c antibody responses, some do not have active infection because their immune system cleared their virus on their own. So the first step is to check a hcv viral load (rna). If the virus is detected in the blood then you do have active infection. At that point you need testing to see how much liver scarring (fibrosis) you have. Work with a specialist. Read more...