false positive for hepatitis c
Nov 23, 2001
I was told that my lab results are false positive for hepatitis c.. what exactly is a false positive in hepatitis c?
Response from Dr. Rodriguez-Torres
This expression is wrongly used to mean that the virus is not present in the blood,because the HCVRNA PCR is non detectable,but the HCV antibody is positive.The truth is, that the HCV antibody will always remain detectable in the blood,as it is a permanent memory of the infection,and says nothing about the status of the infection.Even patients that clear the virus without therapy,and patients that respond to treatment will have this test positive. If you did not had the HCVRNA PCR test done,you cannot know if the virus is detectable or not.
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