|IS MY TEST CONCLUSIVE?
Jun 8, 2008
Hello, I had an exposure to Hep C, and I decided it would be best to get tested.
I got tested for Hep C at 14 weeks and my antibody test came out negative!
At 19 weeks, I got an HCV RNA PCR and that test was negative!
Are my tests conclusive or should I test further?
Response from Dr. McGovern
About 90% of patients with acute HCV develop antibodies by 12 weeks. Your HCV RNA test was at 19 weeks and that is even better information since it is later and PCR looks for the virus itself (which comes before the antibody). I personally wouldn't continue testing.
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