Hi, I am currently travelling round asia with my girlfriend.. I have been feeling very tired lately so i went for a blood test on a stop in thailand and got told i am hep c weakly positive on a hcv test (Immuno-diffusion rapid test) I really dont understand this as they were no help at all and said get re-tested in 3months!
Thanks for your reply, All it says on the paper is a (Anti HCV: Positive (weakly) Method used (Immune-diffusion rapid test)
The best answer i got from them is come back in 3months and test again to see if its been cleared??? Great help kinda ruined my holiday that!
YEAH I WOULDNT WORRY ABOUT IT FOR NOW ARE YOU FROM THE STATES? IF SO MAYBE GET RECHECKED WHEN YOU COME BACK IF YOU ARE STILL WORRIED, SO UNTIL THEN ENJOY YOUR TRAVELING, BUT ALSO WATCH GETING TATS WHILE YOUR THERE. HAVE FUN!!!! ROCKIN516
T best for HCV diagnosis is PCR for HCV RNA in blood. It is very specific for the virus infection. I also had positive antibodies and was alo scared because I am medical student amd once came in to direct contact with patient´s blood, but this was only a false alarm because they chceked my blood with PCR 3 times and found no virus (it was negative). False positives are quite often (I personaly know some people that had same results). RIBA is also very specific. Acording to CDC, person who was found HCV elisa positive and then RIBA negative is consider clean and no evaluation is needet.
When posting a question in the future it would be better to go to the "orange" are at the top where it says "post a question " and start a new thread . More members will see it that way and respond.
A weakly positive (reactive ) antibodies test could mean you had a "false positive test or you were exposed to the virus and cleared it by your own immune system or possibly have active infection.
You should have either a Riba BloodTest (recombinant immunoblot assay ) done or a PCR test done to confirm the finding .
.Good luck ..
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