Please help, I need to be talked off the ledge. 2 years ago I was told I had Hep c, I went thru tx and cleared the virus, At the time my husband had blood work done and was told he tested negative for the hep c enzyme? He just had a phyical done and his liver enzymes are high.. so now they are running a hep c test. I am so upset and am really having some bad flash backs. I
I am so confused, what test did they do that would come back negative for hep c enzymes and what are the odds that he could have been postive? If he has it I would believe he had to get it from me and I know that it very rare.
Sexual transmission of HCV is rare, particularly within a monogamous heterosexual relationship; but it’s not impossible, we’re told.
Can you be more specific as to the testing your husband received? Typically, the initial HCV screening test is an ‘EIA antibody test’. Of course, they could have checked his liver enzymes as well; this probably would have been listed as ‘ALT/AST’ testing. Can you call the lab in the morning, and ask them to fax a hard copy of the test to you? Or perhaps your doctor will send a copy out?
Okay, that is excellent news then! No antibodies, no disease. Once you have access to copies of the labs, feel free to post them, and someone will undoubtedly give you a hand with interpretation. A preliminary congratulations to you both,
"Under what circumstances might a false-negative anti-HCV test result occur?
Persons with early HCV infection might not yet have developed antibody levels high enough that the test can measure. In addition, some persons might lack the (immune) response necessary for the test to work well. In these persons, further testing such as PCR for HCV RNA may be considered.”
So best wishes and good luck for the results of this current bloodwork.
Good points by Trinity and Port. Lots of things can cause elevated liver enzymes, medications and alcohol being common. Also a condition called "fatty liver" can cause elevated tests and can actually be a serious condition all on its own. Often this can be diagnosed with ultrasound.
Another reason to watch the weight and what we eat.
When I was diagnosed with hep C they were also looking for heart disease, Celiac's disease and a few other disorders besides hepatitis to see what drove those enzyme levels high. I have read an awful lot of medication warnings lately that say they can alter my liver enzymes, so look at his medication use. Hope it's nothing serious. Good luck to him.
I have read that strenuous exercise can raise liver enzymes.
Don't be so hard on yourself!!! If you did give it to him, you didn't do it on purpose. From a post that Nygirl7 put on the Hepatitis Social Forum you will see that lots of outpatient clinics are being discovered re-using things like blood sugar testers on more than one patient, and that could transmit the virus much more easily than sex.
The best thing you can do now is to take good care of yourself, and if it turns out that he has to go through the treatment, remember how it was for you, and be there for him. Don't worry about what you have no control over.
Ok, so he got the results today and it was negative for HCV...so grateful to all who responded to my craziness. Not sure why his liver enzymes are high.. he will have a ultra-sound this week. He is not overweight, works out and eats well.. drinks wine on the weekends. So we live a pretty healthy lifestyle. He has always been on the high side and no one seems to know why. Thanks everyone, can't tell how much this site has meant to me thru all this. I am so grateful to be SVR and I wish everyone the same.
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