"Ask the Experts": Can I Test Positive for Hepatitis C but Have No Viral Load?
The following is a physician-patient interaction that took place within TheBody.com's "Ask the Experts" forum on hepatitis.
Jul 27, 2013
i have tested posotive for hep c but there is no viral load. what does this mean? do i have it or not?
Response from Dr. Taylor
Having a positive hep C antibody but a negative hep C viral load means that you have been exposed to hep C but cleared away the infection and do not have chronic hep C. Ideally the hep C viral load should be repeated to confirm this result. This is good news!
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