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Hepatitis C
Aug 23, 2009

Hi,

I have recently had my medical before employment and has been diagnosed with borderline HCV. The test was HCV Antibody (performed by CMIA) and the result was Borderline (Patient S/CO 1.8). The report shows the Normal Range as follows:

<1.0 Negative 1.0 - 5.0 Borderline >5.0 Positive

I am confused as how to interpret my results and what further investigation or treatment to undertake.

Please advise.

Regards,

Talib Zaidi

Response from Dr. McGovern

If you are not at risk for infection, this borderline test may be misleading. I would suggest a HCV RNA test to see if you have virus in your blood or a RIBA test which is a more specific antibody screening test. I would ask about the price of the two tests if you will need to pay directly.



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