I recently got blood work done that I was expecting to come back normal. Like a lot of people on this site, the test showed I had HCV antibodies the screening came back as "1.0"
So I got the HCV RT-PCR quantitive test at LabCorp, and another antibodies screening. The lower level for it is 25 IU/mL..The test came back as "HCV not detected"..This time the antibodies came back as "1.1"
Now, my question for you guys is how long does it take the virus to grow to a point where it can be detected. Is it possible its just in its early stages and thats why there's a low amount ? How long would it take for it to reach 25 IU/mL ? And also why would my antibody level continue going up, does the antibody level fluctuate?
The diagnosis of HCV infection can also be made through detection of HCV RNA using reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) techniques. HCV RNA can be detected within one to two weeks after exposure to the virus, weeks before the onset of ALT elevations or the appearance of anti-HCV. In some patients, the detection of HCV RNA may be the only evidence of HCV infection.
Do you know if LabCorp offers that test? and say someone was one of the lucky ones and cleared the virus by themselves, would their antibody count still fluctuate or would it stay the same , go down , etc?
Sorry I didn't see your post before I posted again, thank you so much for answering you may think of it as a simple post but you don't know how much I appreciate it , I hope you are correct :( because according to my doctor I have acute hepatitis C
I wouldn't worry about your antibody level, it really means nothing other than you have them and you will test positive for them forever, I also don't think you will find anybody here who has monitored their antibody levels as most of us are HCV positive and at best have monitored our viral load with the test you had that said not detected
Look I know your are scared I have been there and mine came back detectable with a viral load of 14.2 mill, I wouldn't tell you that you are good to go unless I meant it, they are all RNA test that is how they identify the virus is by ribonucleic acid
Here is the link to labcorp test menu you can go look for yourself
Just for further reassurance, I completely agree with
hrsepwrguy. It is possible to have a false negative with the antibody test, especially for some people with immune system problems, or it could mean you were one of the lucky ones who cleared the virus spontaneously.
Your PCR is negative and that's what counts. You are good to go.
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