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Jan 30, 2005

My husband was notified by Red Cross after a donation that he is positive for Hepatitis C antibodies advises follow up testing. Can it be a false positive, is this common? He is not in any risk group nor has he ever been in the risk groups. What tests do you recommend that he request from his Dr. to be absolutely sure about whether he has the disease or not. Even if he shows antibodies, does that mean he will become ill? What should we look for in the future? Thanks...

Response from Dr. McGovern

For a routine blood donor with no risks, the probable explanation is a false positive antibody test.

This would need confirmation with a RIBA. Request this from your practitioner. It will likely be negative.

Dr. McGovern

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