CIMA tests for HBV, HCV and HIV
Nov 30, 2013
I have recently donated blood and got the following blood report: Hepatitis B Surface Antigen --- Non reactive (Donor S/Co Value 0.19) Hepatitis B Core Antibody --- Non reactive (Donor S/Co Value 0.06) Hepatitis C Virus Antibody --- Non reactive (Donor S/Co Value 0.03) HIV 1/2 Antibody --- Non reactive (Donor S/Co Value 0.12) (All above tests have been performed by CIMA Abbott) Antibody Screening --- Negative
My question is do I need any further test to confirm HBV, HCV and HIV? I am 35 years old male.
Response from Dr. Taylor
FIrst, we should avoid donating blood as a means to get tested for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. For any further answers as to whether you are infected, please do not try to go about this by donating blood.
The test results indicate that you were not infected with hepatitis B, C or HIV in the more distant past. However they do not rule out recent infection. IF you could have been exposed within the past few weeks, ideally you should get re-tested (again, not through blood donation) or see if you can get tests for the viruses themselves. See if you can get vaccinated against hepatitis B as these results suggest that you have not been exposed and that you are susceptible (may not have protected against this highly contagious virus).
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