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Author Topic: Hep C test result confusion  (Read 7627 times)

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Offline notsureconfused

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Hep C test result confusion
« on: December 20, 2015, 03:41:13 am »
Hi, I'm confused about my hep C test results.  I do think I may have had exposure 8 months or more before the test.  This was a standard all-STD test; two tests were done for HCV.  The first only is shown as "Hepatitis C" - both value and range show "Non-reactive" with a result of "Negative."  The second test is called "Hepatitis C Quantitative" - the value is ".01" and the range is shown as NOTHING, just a dash??  The result is "Negative."  Very confused... I went to my doctor and she said I have nothing to worry about, that perhaps there was some "noise" the test picked up??  I even called the lab and they murmured a bit about s/co ratios... but I've never heard of a false-positive HCV quant test?

Offline Lynn K

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Re: Hep C test result confusion
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2015, 05:25:09 am »
I would trust your doctor. I don't believe you have hep c.

Normally the test for antibodies is performed then if positive a HVC RNA by PCR would be done at a later date no real point to run both at the same time especially as the HCV RNA by PCR test is more expensive and usually only done to confirm a positive antibody test.

From what I base seen results are either Not detected or as an example less than 15 detected which would be a weak positive for the virus.

Not sure what that second test you had was.

Good luck
« Last Edit: December 20, 2015, 05:38:57 am by Lynn K »
Genotype 1a
1978 contracted, 1990 Dx
1995 Intron A failed
2001 Interferon Riba null response
2003 Pegintron Riba trial med null response
2008 F4 Cirrhosis Bx
2014 12 week Sov/Oly relapse
10/14 fibroscan 27 PLT 96
2014 24 weeks Harvoni 15 weeks Riba
5/4/15 EOT not detected, ALT 21, AST 20
4 week post not detected, ALT 26, AST 28
12 week post NOT DETECTED (07/27/15)
ALT 29, AST 27 PLT 92
24 week post NOT DETECTED! (10/19/15)
44 weeks (3/11/16)  fibroscan 33, PLT 111, HCV NOT DETECTED!


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