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Hep C - is neg neg? (healthcare worker)
Apr 26, 2004

3 years ago I tested positive for hep c antibodies. My liver functions were normal and my pcr (50 copies per ml) was undetectible. I had another LFT last year which was in the low normal. I've never been sick. I've been celebate for 7 yrs. and don't drink, etc. My exposure was 30 years ago.

I am starting school as a surgical assistant, and want to know if my pcr test of 3 years ago is adequate (is negative really negative)? I really don't want to infect anybody, and I can't find any restrictive regulations regarding hep C and healthcare workers, and the occupational health nurse thinks it's okay, but really doesn't know(!)

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Your lab results indicate exposure and clearance of the infection.



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