When u get a blood test for hepatitis C and ur real time PCR is 1.5 million instead of 43iu/ml like its supposed to what exactly does that mean?

2 different measures. Both measure the amount of virus in blood stream. Unfortunately there is no standard means of converting one number to the other and the conversions are different depending on the lab that processed the blood sample. The national guideline use the iu/ml as measurements for success of treatment so between the two would file that one away and the one to remember.

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Is PCR test for acute hepatitis c? If it is how long after exposure should I get blood test done for the virus to be detected?

6 weeks to 6 months. The time line is variable, you may wish to get tested for hep c antibody for screening. If the antibody test is negative at 6 months you should get pcr test, if that is negative, it would rule out infection with hep c. See this site for more info. http://www.medicinenet.com/hepatitis_c/article.htm. Read more...
Yes. While antibodies can take a longer period of time to form (4-6 weeks for igg), the pcr tests are checking for viral dna/rna and can be detected much earlier. If you have had exposure and 10-14 days have passed you could be tested. The thing with hep c is that while it can be sexually transmitted it is much more commonly passed by needle sharing, tattoos and direct exposure to blood. Read more...