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Hi all, found out threw my OB-GYN that im Hep C positive. Shocking because I've never been a drug user, never had a transfusion, ext. Requested a retest which also came back positive, just to be sure. Then they did a RNA test and it came back with no viral load. Does this mean I cleared the virus on my own and wont ever need treatment? Should I do this test again? Also, since im pregnant and am wanting to breastfeed, I'm wondering if it is passable or not since I have no viral load? Will it be safe to breastfeed? I know it is not passable threw the actual milk, but am concerned with cracked/bleeding nipple or teething that could possibly cause me to bleed. Thanks for any info/advice!
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Congratulations on your pregnancy. With no viral load, you do not have hepatitis C. You cannot pass on what you don't have. The RNA test is conclusive by three weeks post exposure. You either were exposed and fought the virus off, or you have a false positive. Your antibody test result should have another number on it. It is your signal to cut off number and the lower  it is, the more likely your result is a false positive. Women with hep C can breast feed as long as there are no cracked and bleeding nipples. If you still are concerned get another RNA test right before the baby is due.

Wishing you the best.
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I agree with SurfsideGal.  I'm sorry you went through this scare but that's all it was.  You're fine.  Congratulations!  
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