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Please Answer! Window Period for anti-HCV test
Feb 20, 2010

Exactly 178 days after a risky exposure (sexual encounter with female possible IV user) I took a full STD panel (including an anti-HCV test). All results were negative. Is 178 days good enough for the 6 month window period? Some places say it takes 24 weeks to detect antibodies for HCV, others 6 months (which isn't exactly 24 weeks). Who should I believe? Please let me know if I can trust my results!

Response from Dr. McGovern

The majority of patients who acquire HCV actually have antibodies by 12 weeks so you should feel comfortable that your results are final.



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