Can you be clearer about the tests?!
Oct 24, 2001
Doctor, one of your messages says that HCV antibodies sometimes show up after 12 months after exposure. However, do people have to wait that long to know their ACCURATE HCV status? Is there any other better way to get an accurate result? Dr. Dieterich said the test for the virus (which test is for the virus?) can confirm it; however, you didn't say anything about the time frame. If a person get the antibody test and the PCR RNA test at four months, and both results are negative, is this enough to confirm that s/he is not infected? With both tests, how long after exposure would give the correct result? Thanks for clarifying this!
Response from Dr. Rodriguez-Torres
You are right.If you have a negative PCR ,you are negative.The longer time frame refers to seroconversion of the HCV antibody in the absence of a PCR.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
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.