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False Negative Hepatitis C Antibody

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Reactive Hepatitis C AB

Hi,Thank you for taking my question. What would cause a person to have reactive hepatitis C antibodies signal to cut off 1.05 for 5 yrs with a negative qualitative Hep C by PCR and negative RIBA test? My doctor has continued to test me yearly and...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...If the RIBA is negative, then yes your HCV antibody is a false positive test.No further testing is required. Read more »

Re:New Guy wants to know if he can do one of those wooooohoooot things?

Dr. Bob, Dr. Bob thank you so much for answering my question! I cannot thank you enough!... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Prevention and Control of Infections With Hepatitis Viruses in Correctional Settings

...remains high at 10%-15%/year 112 , 116 , 119 , 120 . HCV Infection in Correctional Settings Juveniles. The prevalence of HCV antibody among detained or incarcerated juveniles is estimated at 2%-3.5%. A history of injection-drug use is the... Read more »
The Well Project

What Is HIV?

...HIV, medical care and certain drugs given during pregnancy can lower the chance of passing HIV to her baby. If you test HIV-negative you can take steps to stay that way. You can also avoid unnecessary worrying. What Tests Are Available? If... Read more »
Treatment Action Group

Research and Policy Recommendations for HCV/HIV Coinfection

...coinfected patients. Hepatology 30(4):1054-58. 1999. Berggren R, Jain M, Hester J, et al. (abstract #562) False-negative hepatitis C antibody is associated with low CD4+ cell counts in HIV/HCV-coinfected individuals. 8th Conference on... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Hepatitis C and HIV

... Hep C treatment usually lasts from 3 to 12 months. The goal of HCV treatment is to get rid of the virus, and to stay virus-negative for six months after finishing treatment. This is called an SVR, or sustained virologic response, or a "cure."... Read more »
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Trust my negative results?

Posted by Franek, 3 Replies
...I have gone into panic mode again over my exposure, symptoms and the real possibility that all my tests have returned false negative results. I have had the following 4th gen. Ab/Ag tests: 27, 59, 63, 92, 101 days after the exposure. The 64 day... Read more »

When should I test?

Posted by Shauna99, 7 Replies
I recently got out of a relationship with a guy who was a former IV drug user. We practiced safe sex almost every time, but there was one or two times when it just happened. We last had sex about 2 months ago. I need to know when I should be... Read more »

so ELISA tests NEVER give a false negative?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Is this statement correct? Read more »

From WHO Regarding Window

Posted by Anonymous
...co-infection with Hepatitis C). There are tests of HIV antigen that may be positive some days earlier than HIV antibodies but false negative tests can also occur. The period between HIV infection and HIV detection with laboratory tests is called... Read more »