|Hepatitis Panel, Acute W/Reflex
Mar 24, 2007
I went to the doctor yesterday for my blood work results and he told me that I tested positive for Hepatitis C. I was tested by the Hepatitis Panel, Acute w/reflex. The lab work says that the Hepatitis C Antibody is reactive with a signal to cut-off of reactive 3.11 H and non-reactive <1.00. I found that the signal-to-cutoff ratio is (>3.8 to test positive.) My blood work also states that my test is reactive with a low s/co rato and the CDC recommends supplemental testing such as RIBA or NAAT. Research from the internet has told me that usually people who have a low signal to cut off ratio are normally false positives. Is this correct?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
You need one of the confirmatory tests you describe to determine true positivity and not think about the performance of the screening test.
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