Reactive to HCV Antibody = You were some how exposed to the virus.
HCV RNA Not detected = You cleared the virus on your own. 15-20% of the time people clear the Hepatitis C Virus on their own and your results seem to indicate that is what happened to you.
====>You do not have the virus.
I think it is a good idea the lab tested for the actual virus itself in addition to the antibody since otherwise you would have reason to worry. But with both test results you are able to see you don't have Hepatitis C
**Also, once you have been exposed to the virus One thing I am not sure about is if once you test reactive the antibodies will always be present in your system.
Oops sorry about the last sentence. I wasn't sure if once you test reactive the antibodies will always show but I Googled it and you will.
Anyway the main thing is No viral load was detected. :)
thanks so much. it offers a much needed sigh of relief although i'm still scheduled for a complete abdominal ultrasound tomorrow.
i can't thank this website enough for all the information it offers and for all the people like you who have made and are still making it easier for newly-diagnosed people like me to deal with HCV. I initially thought I was given a death sentence when the reactive results came in; i started planning my send-off party, writing my own obituary, and the whole nine.
with our without hcv, though, this community made me realize i am not alone and the virus is not a death sentence, just an unwelcome, overstaying guest :)