|Red Cross Letter
Nov 25, 2001
gave blood, form letter came back saying positive test for hep c, then in same sentence letter said second test was negative. i am sure you have seen this form letter. do i have hep c. if not, why won't they use my blood. i called red cross, they said they can't tell me anything except sign a form and my doctor will be advised of their test results. no way, mib file will be coded. what do i do?
Response from Dr. Fried
Blood donors are screened with the anti-HCV antibody test. If positive, a supplemental assay, such as a RIBA, may be used to determine if the initial anti-HCV test was a true or a false positive test. Thus, a positive anti-HCV with a positive RIBA suggests that the person was truly exposed to hepatitis C. A positive anti-HCV with a negative RIBA, may indicate a false positive. I agree that in order to remove any doubt, your physician should help you interpret the exact test results and order additional blood tests, if needed to sort this out. You'll feel a lot better without the uncertainty.
Hepatitis C genotype info
CAN THIS RULE IT OUT
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.