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Hepatitis C AB?

Anyone knows what is Hepatitis C AB is this test says This patient's sample tests reactive with a high s/co ratio: >/=8.00. Samples with high s/co ratios have been shown to repeat as positive using a different methodology 95% of the time or greater ( CDC MMWR no. RR -3 , 2003 ) Therefore , additional testing for verificatin of the result is not recommended. Can anyone make since of this?
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The lab is confirming that HCV antibodies have been detected, and that additional testing is recommended. Since the signal to cut-off ratio is quite high, a doctor would most likely forego the RIBA test for antibody confirmation, and order a NAC test which tests directly for the presence of virus at this point. There are three likely candidates for additional testing: bDNA, PCR or TMA serum RNA tests. A positive result in any one of these tests will confirm the presence of active HCV RNA, at which point treatment options should be discussed.

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