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Acute Hepatitis post window period/sero conversion
Jan 12, 2011

Thanks a lot Barbara for your timely reply. Finally I have some more questions. Please clarify it. 1. To diagnose acute HCV, which test I need to do? HCV EIA or HCV ELISA? 2. It is almost 2.5 months over after I receive acute symtoms of HCV. Shall I do HCV antibody test now? (Now I am perfectly alright) 3. I read in an article. ie., "Eventhough HCV is cleared automatically from a body, HCV antibodies will be retained in body for life". In this case, Even if my body clears HCV automatically, HCV antibody test will come 'POSITIVE' right? Then how can I confirm my status?

Thanks in advance. Please clarify my doubts. It will be very helpful for me.

Response from Dr. McGovern

I don't remember the original question, but a few things to point out:

1. Acute HCV means recent infection. What clinches the diagnosis is a negative antibody followed by a positive antibody....

2. If your antibody is now positive, I would get HCV RNA testing to see if you cleared or if you have persistent viremia. (virus in the blood)

3. Yes the HCV antibody stays positive for life.



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