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When to test for Hepatitis C?

Had an exposure on Feb. 3rd
Had a test a day before a month after.
Just had a test yesterday... close to 5 months later.
Would be accurate now if it comes back negative or should I go back for another blood test at 6 months?
I'm tired of worried about this and I'm just curious if I should keep taking these blood tests?
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87972 tn?1322664839
This is what the U.S. CDC has to say regarding your question:

http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/HCV/HCVfaq.htm#section3

How soon after exposure to HCV can anti-HCV be detected?

HCV infection can be detected by anti-HCV screening tests (enzyme immunoassay) 4–10 weeks after infection. Anti-HCV can be detected in >97% of persons by 6 months after exposure.

--Bill
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1200653 tn?1281589815
So should I just go again if it comes back negative in 2 months? I'm in anxiety hell right now worrying and bothering myself with this whole hepatitis C fear... :(
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1225178 tn?1318984204
Go at the 6 month point and then you can be sure, and forget it ever happened if it is negative. I know the anxiety is rough, but waiting is part of life with this disease.
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1200653 tn?1281589815
They gave me the results back from the last blood test... still negative.. and they told me they didn't need to test me anymore because the test is pretty much set in stone... should I still worry?
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