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positive antibody , negative pcr

I  am a nurse and recently tested antibody positive  PCR negative for hCV.  i know that i have to have a follow up in 6 months. what are my 'chances' that  i will be positive at 6 months. the infection control dr said  next to none but the public health nurse said its not uncommon?
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Negative PCR mean no virus, you do not have hepc.  It takes between 2-3 weeks after exposure for detection with a RNA PCR.  So if your PCR was done several weeks after exposure and you tested negative there is no chance you will be positive in 6 months unless you are exposed again.  

Trinity
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That is what the the infection control dr kind of said but I got a call from public health that said I am considered positive right now until i get that second test
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Your doctor is correct that you don't have hcv. If you are still nervous about it then asking people you don't know on the internet probably will not convince you. I understand the anxiety but be happy that you don't have the disease.

The pcr is the determining test. If you were truly antibody positive  and pcr negative it means that your body fought the disease off by itself. If you still are fearful about it do another pcr at some point in the future, but it really is a waste of time.

Take care,
Dave
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It’s very unlikely you’ll be positive for active RNA virus when the dust settles; however, it’s best to err on the safe side.

It’s theoretically possible for intermittent viremia to be present during the acute (first six months) of infection; although this isn’t typical. It’s still worth investigating, though.

You might not ever have been exposed as well; HCV antibody tests are subject to false positive results. The second scenario is that you were infected at some point in the past, then cleared the virus spontaneously with your own immune response as it was setting up shop during the acute phase.

Serial PCR testing should clear up any remaining doubt; good luck and if you find time, let us know how it goes.

Take care-

Bill
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thanks for all the great info.
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thanks all the infection dept ended  running a riba  which came back today. The fabulous nurse came on the weekend to check for my results and they came back negative. thanks for all your support.
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Negative HCV RIBA, negative for exposure; very cool end of story :o).

Congratulations!

Bill


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This is what I got to do, take another test to find out if I cleared the virus or didnt. My luck, I didnt but im hoping and praying. And I admire all you strong people that do have the virus and get on here and help others cause believe me, you do!! All the talking that everyone has done for me and questions they answered has give me someone to talk to that understands what im going through and its been great and THANKS! Has anyone heard of people with Hep-c being able to get Medicaid for it. I mean how do people that dont have insurance such as myself get the treatments they need without the health insurance. This clinic that ive been referred to is not free, I just found that out, but I do think they will help with the financial part a little and still take you but thats still another medical bill that I cant pay and who knows if ill ever be able to pay it. I have nothing at the time and I would like to get good health care just like everyone. And im thinking of signing up for medicaid and SSI and have before for my anxiety cause I go through stages when it is dibilatating but I was denied but a lawyer said he could get it for me but then I was like I really dont want it, I want to be able to work and have things and not count on the government, but now it looks like I might, still hoping for the negative viral load test, or RIBA test I think is what its called. But has anyone ever heard of someone getting medicaid for Hep-C. Is the government helpful with this disease or is it something that they dont consider dibilatating?
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Im still trying to figure this forum thing. For questions that are random and not really andressed to anyone, should I check the watch list box below and this is the first itme ive ever been on a forum so I dont know what it means to hog the forum of jump post or any if that. So if ive been rude anyway "im sorry" I didnt know it and still dont know how you can do that . If someone would like to explain would be fine but if not that fine too, just letting everyone know. I take everyone on here serious and want to be in good standings with everyone. I dont have alot of friends at the time. I used to have more friends than I could count and be very popular and still am but I dont consider nonw of these people around here friends. More like vulchers and vampires and haters. So at the time, I stay at home alot or just with my family in places none of them are. Who knows if ill ever get back out in this town. Luckily I have a place in another state, somewhere fairly nice that I like to go to, and I can get out of the house without being seen or known by someone, and really, even there I will be known but only by people who dont know me personally, "the vampires and haters" so to speak are not there. If you've ever seen the show "The Hills", well thats what it is like around here somewhat. Im popular in more ways than one and people love to find anything bad about me to use it as a weapon of destruction. But its even worse than that but thats all I will get into openly, but none of them people bother me by there words and thats what they know so thats why they have took it to another level but like i said, I best not say much more. But im a good person who is genuine and loyal and wants the best for all and I will treat people exactly the way I want to be treated. I do like to say what I want to say, and sometimes since you cant get the emotion from someones voice from these typed words, things get taken in the wrong way. ANd if anyone is wondering why im already trying to explain myself its only because life for me lately has been so crazy I just want to get that out there and hope that I have no problems with no one at all and let everyone know that I do truly appreciate everyones opinions and time they take for me to answers my questions and help to calm my fears, fears that you all have already been through or are still going through somewhat! Thanks, now dont forget my question, lmao!
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SSI and SSDI aren’t usually granted on the basis of HCV alone. It is taken into consideration, however, in aggregate with other disabling conditions. If coupled with anxiety that affects your ability to work and perhaps other issues, it might be available to you. An attorney can help with the process, but isn’t really necessary until later, if it goes before a judge. This process involves lots of documentation; the more the merrier when it comes to disability.

Don’t worry too much about forum etiquette at this point; LOL, if you manage to somehow step on someone’s toes around here, they’ll most likely let you know :o). I think the watch box thingy notifies your email if someone comments on the thread, but honestly I don’t think I’ve ever used it myself.

Good luck with everything-

-Bill
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A neg Riba and neg Pcr means you were NEVER exposed to HCV and the pos

screening test was a FALSE +.  GREAT news.
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hi, iam 35 year old and about 10 year back my anti-HCV test was positive by eliza method but my PCR was negitive . i use to check evry year and status is the same , i mean Anti-HCV positive and PCR negitive by Eliza, what dose it mean? am i clear? i can donate blood or not?
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What that means is you only have the antibodies for Hep C, at one time you were exposed to the virus but your immune system beat it back. You will always carry the antibodies but you are at no risk to yourself or anybody else.......... Can you donate blood? No as the antibodies will always show up when they test it.
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