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Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C Antibody Tests
Nov 23, 2001

Dr. Dieterich:

While I understand that there are other tests capable of detecting hepatitis b and c more quickly after a potential exposure than the antibody tests, can you tell me what the window period is for the antibody tests to detect hepatitis b and c, respectively. I have heard anywhere from 3 months to a year for hepatitis c, and I am confused.

Response from Dr. Dieterich

The window period is usually around 6 months reliably. However most people show antibodies at 3 months but some may take as long as 12 months although that would be a rarity. DTD



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