okay last year I had std testings done at my gyno and I came back positive for hepatitis c or hcv and so I went to a liver specialist where I lived at that time. The specialist sent me to a lab to have more extensive blook work done and that text came back that I just came in contact with hep C a while bak, I kno that means I still have the antibodies, but I jjust really wanted to know if one day it could changed and go back
That's what they screen for is the antibodies when people donate blood, they don't do viral loads to determine an a five infection or not. They won't use blood that has been exposed and shows up with the antibodies regardless if someone's infected or not.
One of these years the blood centers are going to have to find a cheap way to test for active infection, as with so many hep c patients and an ever-larger portion cured but forever carrying antibodies, it just doesn't make sense to forever exclude these people from donating. I don't think blood donors are abundant enough that they can afford to forever exclude such a large group. Unfortunately, current tests for active virus cost a lot more money than those for antibodies.
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