Apr 3, 2014
what can cause a false possitive test result for hcv?
Response from Dr. Taylor
There are several reasons for a positive HCV antibody test in the absence of HCV RNA, the virus itself.
You may have been exposed to hepatitis C, and spontaneously cleared the infection. In this case the hepatitis C antibody always remains positive, as a footprint indicating past exposure, but you do not have chronic hepatitis C infection.
If you are from a part of the world where hepatitis C infection is rare, there is a higher chance of a false positive antibody result. There may be false positive results due to technical errors in checking the hepatitis C antibody. Sometime the hepatitis C antibody may cross-react with antibodies for other diseases, such as autoimmune diseases (possibly what you have), giving a false positive result.
If unsure, get checked for the hep C virus itself, HCV RNA by PCR
please help me about the meaning of these thanks
- How Much Does Hep B Treatment Cost?
- If The Viral Load Is Zero Does That Mean You Have Cleared The Hepatitis C Virus?
- What's The Difference Between Vaginosis And Vaginitis?
- What Kind Of Pain Is Associated With Shingles?
- What Kind Of Antibiotics Can You Use To Treat Shingles?
- What Are My Chances Of Catching Chlamydia?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.