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Is PCR 100% reliable for diagnosing HBV HCV?
Dear doctor,

I wanted to ask how reliable is the PCR test for detecting HBV and HCV after 16 days of possible exposure....if the results came in negative....can i be sure 100% I am not infected or should I got for further testing?


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wanted to ask how reliable is the PCR test for detecting HBV and HCV after 16 days of possible exposure....if the results came in negative....can i be sure 100% I am not infected or should I got for further testing?

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Hi...

HCV RNA appears in blood and can be detected as early as 2–3 weeks after infection.

http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/HCV/HCVfaq.htm

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Thanx for the quick response, how about HBV? Is PCR reliable enough to rule it our 100%?
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This is an HCV forum ,however follow the link: and I have also linked the med help HBV forum;
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There are many different blood tests available to diagnose Hepatitis B. They can be ordered as an individual test or as a series of tests. Ask your health professional to explain what he or she hopes to learn from the tests and when you will get the results. Below are some of the common tests and their meanings.

http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/B/bFAQ.htm

http://www.medhelp.org/forums/Hepatitis-B/show/223 your doctor can
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