Low Titer Postive
May 22, 2012
Hi I was wondering if you could clarify this result, my Dr says it means I defintetly have Hep-C but my research indicates that I may not-- or at least a RIBA test is needed to verify. Name Value Reference Range HAV,TOTAL(NO REFLEX) Positive Negative HEPATITIS A Ab,IgM Negative Negative HBsAg Negative Negative HBsAb Positive Negative HBcAb Positive Negative HEPATITIS C Ab. See Note Negative HBeAg Negative Negative HBeAb Positive Negative HEPATITIS B CORE Ab,IgM Negative Negative Result: Immune to hep A and B (sAb+,cAb+,eAb+). Hep C antibody low titer positive---could not be confirmed due to RIBA shortage
AST 23 <40 U/L ALT 49 <41 U/L
Response from Dr. McGovern
Your hepatitis B tests are consistent with past exposure - you are not at risk for chronic HBV infection since it has resolved.
The hepatitis C testing is unclear. With a mild elevation in ALT, and a past history of HBV infection, I would strongly recommend testing for HCV RNA to see if there is virus in your blood. I would also recommend repeat testing of your liver function tests.
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