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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.



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