Spotlight Series on Hepatitis C

"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's "Ask the Experts" forum on hepatitis.

hepatitis c
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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Reader Comments:

Comment by: Raj (India) Tue., Jun. 30, 2015 at 6:23 am UTC
Hello Doctor,

I recently underwent PCR for HCV and the count is 9344 copies. I don't know how to convert this into IU/ml or to interpret this. Can you please help me. The method was HCV quantitative assay, Rotor gene real time analysis.

Thanks in advance.
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