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HCV test results??

Jul 1, 2012

I work in the healthcare field and was exposed by a needle stick. My initial ELISA came back indeterminate and subsequent PCR was negative. Now 2 years later a PCR shows RNA "detected" but a quant < 43, <1.6. What does this mean?? Do I have hep C??

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Unclear. It partly depends on what PCR assay was used 2 years ago, and whether it had the same lower level of detection as the current assay. The test 2 years ago could have been a false negative and the current test is correct. Or the test 2 years ago was correct and the current result is a false positive. You will likely need repeat testing and consultation with a liver specialist.

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hbv-dna viral load

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