|are they sure?
Feb 10, 2004
i recently tried to donate blood and the red cross sent me a letter that said my blood test was positive for hepitis c how accurate are they?
| Response from Dr. Wohl
Can you field this one.
DavidResponse from Dr. Dieterich
The 3rd generation Elisa tests that are used now for blood donation are very sensitive. They are quite accurate for the antibody. However that does not mean that you have the virus. About 20% of people just have the antibody and no virus, meaning that they were exposed and cleared the virus on their own. The next step is to get HCV RNA quantitative testing done by your doctor. Then if positive, genotype and a few other tests. Don't despair, even if you do have it, it is treatable and curable in a majority of patients. Good luck! DTD
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