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what does it mean to have a test result that says heptitis reactive
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it could mean a few different things. I will tell you worse thing first, it could mean you have Hep C.  Second,  it could be a false-positive but only a 5% chance of that. Third you could just have the anti-bodies and your system fought off the virus. Hope for 2nd or 3rd scenario. You will need one more test to find out for sure, a PCR (viral load) test. This test will show if you have any copies of the virus in your blood. Best of luck
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What you are referring to is the screening test.  you had a 'reactive' score, probably greater than 1.   If your score is >1 and <4, there is a chance of a false +.  Ask your doctor for the 'Riba' test.  this is VERY specific for Hcv antibody.  If that is neg, your initial screening test was a false +.  If the riba is pos, you definitely have hcv antibody in your blood stream.  you may be neg for virus.  ask your doctor for a Pcr, qualitative, test to confirm presence or absence of Virus IF the riba is pos.
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