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HCV RNA PCR
Aug 25, 2006

Is the HCV RNA PCR test fairly reliable 3 weeks following a high risk exposure such as a needlestick?

Response from Dr. Daar

It is difficult to place an absolute number on this but in general most people will be HCV RNA positive within the first 6 weeks of becoming infected. Because there are always potential outliers follow-up testing is still recommended. Best, Eric


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