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I was told  I was a carrier of Hep C twenty + years ago.after I gave blood to a blood bank. I have never had Hepatitis of any kind. I was adopted at the age of 4 days old. Could I've gotten  it through my birth mother? I did have another test done 2 years ago, but it said I didn't have any signs hepatitis C.
I have received blood (6 pints ) since 2005 when I had my hip replacements. I feel fine. I do have BP problems, but I am on medications.What should I do?
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The blood bank only test for antibodies they do not run a PCR RNA test. If the PCR is what you had two years ago and it was negative then you do not have the active virus and nothing to worry about. What should you do? Find out the test they ran two years ago and the results... Good luck to you.
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Welcome to the forum.   Yes you can get Hepatitis C from your birth mother.
But it's only a 5 percent possibility.   You say you had a test 2 years ago and you were told you didn't have any signs of Hepatitis C.  

Sounds like many years ago you were told by a blood bank you tested positive for Hepatitis C.   What you need to know is if you have a viral load.
If you don't have a viral load... then you don't have Hepatitis C and only test positive for Hepatitis C antibodies.   20 percent of people exposed to Hepatitis C clear the virus and only have Hepatitis C antibodies.  Those 20 percent will test positive for the rest of their life.... and don't have Hepatitis C
just the presents of a exposure to Hepatitis C.

Find out if you Have Hepatitis C or just Hepatitis C antibodies.  You may not have Hepatitis C at all.   See your Doctor and get additional test to confirm the presents or absence of a viral load.
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