You should ask your doctor we here are a community of patients and cannot diagnose any medical conditions.
You said the patient had acute hepatitis I assume the patient had acute hepatitis c is that correct?
Did you have an exposure of blood to blood contact for example an accidental needle stick?
If you had the HCV RNA by PCR my understanding as a lay person is that would be conclusive in a matter of days so if that was Not Detected then you likely do have hep c but you should ask the physician who ordered the tests.
You are a medical professional I am a machinist by trade a blue collar worker and have had no medical training the same as most of us here.
This is as the header says:
"A community of people with Hepatitis C to guide and support your health journey. Ask a question, join a conversation, share experiences: diagnosis, current treatments, side effects, research studies, and clinical trials."
We are primarily a support group for those already diagnosed by a doctor with known hep c.
As a healthcare worker, you may already know much of this, but here is a guide to Hep C testing that may help you make sense of where you are in the process.
@flyinlynn What do you mean? Do I have hepatitis c or not? This test was personally ordered by me. I am anxious the moment I get this blood contact with a patient. To specifically clarified, I am not yet a fully registered health practitioner, so my knowledge is still limited. So you could call myself a "layman" as well.
From what I've read, this test detects a very low amount of virus (5-10 IU/ml) at a matter of very short duration since the exposure (1-2 weeks according to the CDC). So I thought it could be "conclusive" if I requested the test 9 weeks post exposure.
But now someone comes and tell me that you can be PCR negative for months (4 months??), which I find hard to swallow. The main reason due to the high cost of this test alone. The second reason is that, this test could miss the "undetectable" amount of virus even though I was 9 weeks post exposure plus I was antibody-negative as well.
I don't know what should I do right now. I was very worried. This could affect my life and my whole carrier.