It sounds like you have had the HCV antibodies test and it has showed positive(reactive) You would need the HCV/RNA by PCR test done to ascertain whether or not you have the active infection or not.
Approx. 15- 25% of people exposed to the virus will clear it by their own immune system and will still always test positive for the antibodies (that are not harmful nor contagious) I f indeed you have active infection there are treatments avail that are approx. 75% successful
She may mean that you have the antibodies for the virus which only means that you were exposed to it and that by inactive he might mean that your viral load is undetectable. If you have the antibodies, you will always have them. The antibodies were made by YOUR body in its attempt to fight of the virus which up to 20% of people do naturally. Viral load is the actual virus.
Here are a couple links that explain it in plain English, but you need to contact your doctor to find out exactly what she meant. Read these first and you will understand it a little better. Good luck! Chris
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