I had three tests for HCV elisa two was weakly positive and one was negative. at the same time I had two PCR test and all were megative. I had these tests every six month. my question is am I infected? shoud I see doctor? I am not suffering from any symptoms. thank
With two neg Pcr tests, you certainly don't have the virus. With two weak + antibody tests, I would ask your doctor for the 'Riba' confirmatory test for antibody. it is VERY specific for hcv antibody. You have a good chance that the Riba will be neg. If so, you are neg for hep C virus and antibody. Most people on this forum would give their left arm for that.
The RIBA originally was developed as a high-specificity confirmatory test for patients with a positive EIA result, but the importance of the RIBA has diminished with the marked improvement in specificity of the 3rd generation EIA tests and with the more widespread use of molecular assays.
To you first question, they are just different measements. I do not know how they corrollate, though. All of my tests were listed in the quantitive figures.
In answer to the second, I don't know if it is a 'cure' or not, but it can improve by diet and practicing good health - eating liver friendly ALL the time, cut out adding salt and sugar to you foods, and read all labels to cut down on those in prepared foods, drinking water, 1oz water for every 1 lb of weight, up to 1/2 of your body weight daily, if you drink alcohol STOP immediately, if you smoke tobacco also stop, or at least begin stopping - get help if necessary - don't do illicit drugs, especially IV Drugs, and exercise every day, to the extent that your conditions will allow. Do not overdo on the exercise. Better to walk or swim or bike for a few minutes a day than to overdue and wear your energy down. The diet and exercise and non drinking are essential. Mine improved fairly quickly.
If you take a test for the hep c virus and it says "virus not detected" you don't have hep c
Either test will do as long as it is the test for the virus not the antibody.
You can help resolve a fatty liver by following your doctors recommendations. If overweight or especially obese the best thing you ca do is lose weight with the long term goal to get to a normal BMI but best to ask your doctor how to proceed from here.
doctor gave you what type of medicine to treat what condition?
Did you take a test for the hep c virus that came back with a viral load? A number of virus in your blood? Do you know your Genotype would be like 1a 1b 2a 2b 3a 3b and so on there are 11 major genotypes and which genotype you have determines your treatment medicine.
No worries but to get more answers form other people I suggest you click th egreen post a question link at the top right of the page and start your own thread as this thread was from 2008 and we are just adding on to it off topic
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