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Negative Test results after a year
Dec 10, 2001

After a sexual exposure last year in October i took an HIV PCR test at 3 months and it was negative but i've been symtomatic this whole time and so i have also tested for HEP B and C the whole time at 2,4,6 and 10 months and now at 13 months i still test negative for HEP c (which is my concern). These tests were the Anti-HCV blood tests and i was wondering if i still need to be concerned about HEP C after this amount of time. I don't have enough money to get a RNA-PCR test so i don't know whether to rule this out or not. Please help me with this. I am hav ing definite symptoms but can't figure out what my prob is. My ALT is currently at 32. I don't know if tjhis is bad either. Please i am confused.....

Response from Dr. Fried

Your ALT is within the normal range indicating that your liver does not appear to be inflammed or irritated. A repeatedly negative anti-HCV test (in the absence of other reasons for a poor immune system response) for greater than 1 year indicates that you did not contract hepatitis C (which is rare to acquire sexually, in any case). If you still have some type of symptoms, you should seee your doctor to investigate other possible causes for them.

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