The following is a physician-patient interaction that took place within TheBody.com's "Ask the Experts" forum on hepatitis.
|hep c virus screenings
Jul 22, 2013
What does it mean when my blood sample was reactive for the Hepatitis C Virus antibody?
| Response from Dr. Taylor
This means that you have been exposed to hepatitis C virus infection.
The next test to determine if you have hep C or not, is the test for the virus itself, hepatitis C RNA by PCR. If this is positive, you have chronic hepatitis C. If negative, you likely cleared away the infection on your own; this occurs in about 15% of people within the first 6 months of exposure. If the first HCV RNA test is negative, ideally it is helpful to get a second test for the virus 6-12 weeks after the first to confirm the result as with a new infection the viral level can bounce around from low to high.
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