A positive antibody test does not mean you are currently infected with hep c it could only mean you were exposed at some time in the past. Hep c antibodies are not the virus they are made by your body in response to coming into contact with the virus. Antibodies are your own immune system working to fight off a virus.
To know if you are currently infected with hep c you need to have a test for the virus itself called something like the HCV RNA by PCR test. This test looks for the presence of the hep c virus.
You may have had a false positive but the only way to know is to have the HCV RNA test if that is not detected you do not have hep c.
Please discuss all this with your doctor
There are people who have no idea how they got hep c but the only way to know is wait for the viral load test results. Mine have usually taken 5 to 7 days to come back.
Hi all ,I got my results back for HCV RNA test and thank God ,It says "not detected " ..thank you all for your support..
I've one more question that do I need more follow up tests for hep C ..if yes what kind of test should be done and when is the appropriate time..
I do not have any kind of risk factors for exposure in my whole life ..but even it came back not detected, I still have anxiety about it that why screening test came back reactive.
Thank you. Yes that's a relief but I'm still concerned about reactive screening test and was thinking to redo screening test ..but afraid if it again comes back positive..
Kindly suggest me if you think I should go for it or not now .
My obs/gyn Dr said he's not concerned about it and he will advise to do it in my postpartum weeks for my peace of mind.