my elisa hcv test is positive ( 1.775 ) but my pcr rna ( quantitantive ) is negative.am I infected with hep c.i am very worried plz guide me.
The Elisa, or antibody, being positive means we have been exposed to hepatitis C. This does not mean we have an active, called a chronic, infection. This test result stays positive for life.
The PCR RNA being negative with a positive Elisa can mean 1 of 2 main things.
You cleared away the hepatitis C on its own within the first few months of infection. You are not infected, cannot get sick from hep C, and cannot pass it on to anyone else.
You DO have chronic hep C, but the first viral load you had checked was not detectable. Having this test repeated twice separated by 3 months or so is important to see if you spontaneously cleared the infection or developed chronic hep C. One negative result does not exclude hepatitis C. So ask your doctor to repeat this test so you will know if you have infection or not.
If you are NOT infected with hep C, remember that the antibody being reactive or positive does NOT protect against a new infection, so talk with your doctor about how to protect yourself against re-exposure.