Recently as part of a STD screen, I got a Hep c test. The antibody test came back positive. I then went to the doctor and RNA test was negative. I had a repeat test of the antibody screening test and that was negative. Does this mean I am free and clear? I know I don't have active hep c but does that mean it was a false positive? And that I was never exposed in the first place? This had been a total nightmare of a week. Thank you for any information you can give me.
How are you? What symptoms are present? Definite diagnosis of hepatitis C include EIA assay to detect hepatitis C antibody, Hepatitis C RNA assays to measure virus levels (viral load), and genetic testing to check for the hepatitis C genotype. Blood tests such as Liver function tests, albumin and prothrombin time may also be done. If the repeat test and RNA test were negative, the chance of getting a false positive result in the initial test is possible. However, it is best that you discuss the results with your doctor for proper evaluation. Correlation with your symptoms, exposure and medical history is also considered. Take care and do keep us posted.
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