To confirm whether or not you are infected your next test should be the test for the hep c virus itself called the HCV RNA by PCR. That test will confirm conclusively if you are currently infected. The antibody tests only screen for a possible prior exposure.
I am not doctor but I think chemiluminescent immunoessey is most accurate/sensitive, since red cross uses it for detection of antibodies to hcv in serum or plasma samples on donated blood.
Do not know whether hepatitis c virus antibody test is equivalent or substitute for riba test. Could be just another hepatitis c virus antibody test, but done with different method(eclia instead of eia). What I found interesting written on labcorp test menu website, under hepatitis c (hcv) antibody verification is the following: " Use.Since 90% of commercial intraveneous immunoglobulins test positive for hepatitis C antibody, an artifactual positive can result briefly after transfusion.Folowing the development of sensitive and specific testing for hepatitis B, 90% of post-transfusion hepatitis is now hepatitis C." Can anybody comment on above whether people frequently test false positeve or true positive on eia/elisa antibody hepatitic c blood tests after blood transfusion?
Hi jon58. My situation is same as you Elisa weekly positive and Cmia negative and pcr rna negative after 2months of false positive. Did you consider retesting ?