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Author Topic: Help, is the virus back? Or just old antibodies?  (Read 5458 times)

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Offline Madelief

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Help, is the virus back? Or just old antibodies?
« on: August 16, 2017, 04:04:56 am »
Hallo,
I finishes my treatment december 2015. Last control oktober 2016, was virusfree.
I am not doing well at the moment (burn-out) and felt insecure and did a bloodtest via internet which are cheched in a hospital by a doctor.
I just got the result that it is positive... I called them and they said that it is possible that is is because of the antibodies I made when I had the virus.
The rapport said: in the HCV IgV imunoblot was found: Core1, Core 2, Helicase, NS3, NS4, NS5.
They advice to ask for a next test hep c PCR in the EDTA bloed to know if there is a active virus now. I have to ask that then at my doctor but I didn't told him that I did this test . Can it be positive because of my antibodies from before?
Does anyone know this? I am bit in shock now...
Thanks!!
start Harvoni 11-02-2015 (november)
Bloodtest 11-09-2015 alt 45 (before treatment 145)
8 weeks treatment
F1
Bloodworks 11-23-2015
HCV not detectable!!!
Rest of the numers in a normal range : ))))

Offline gnatcatcher

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Re: Help, is the virus back? Or just old antibodies?
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2017, 04:29:31 am »
Hi, Madelief. You test positive for HCV antibodies because you had HCV in the past. For anyone who ever had HCV and got cured, the only test that will tell if they have HCV now is the PCR test.

You were still virus-free ten months after the end of your treatment. Unless you have recently engaged in risky behavior such as drug use with shared needles, which could give you a new HCV infection, you should be fine. The old infection was cured by the treatment, and the October 2016 test confirmed that.

Gnatty
9/29/71 transfusions
HCV genotype 1a
7/09/15-9/30/15 Harvoni

Before treatment:
Viral Load 9,490,582
FibroScan 19.5 kPa [F4]
ALT 262
AST 217
ALP 183

Most recent:
VL still UNDETECTED (SVR 102)
FibroScan 7.6 kPa [F1-2]
ALT 15
AST 20
ALP 85

Offline Madelief

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Re: Help, is the virus back? Or just old antibodies?
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2017, 05:14:23 am »
Thank you Gnatty!!!
start Harvoni 11-02-2015 (november)
Bloodtest 11-09-2015 alt 45 (before treatment 145)
8 weeks treatment
F1
Bloodworks 11-23-2015
HCV not detectable!!!
Rest of the numers in a normal range : ))))

Offline Lynn K

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Re: Help, is the virus back? Or just old antibodies?
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2017, 11:47:45 am »
One good test to give you a indication of new hep c infection would be a liver enzyme panel. In your liver enzymes are in normal range that would be an indication you are not infected.

Just to add anyone who ever has had hep c will likely test positive for antibodies for the rest of their life. Antibodies are made by your bodiy in an attempt to fight an invading virus.

An antibody test for those of us previously infected with hep c should not be performed as we know what the result will be that we are positive for antibodies because we had hep c in the past.
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!
I AM FREE!

 


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