You probably were not tested on the past. Hep c antibody testing is not routinely done. It is possible you have had it for a while there is now way to know.
Having a positive antibody test does not confirm current infection unless they also did a second test to confirm you are infected with the virus. Having Hep c antibodies only means you may have been exposed in the past but about 25% of people are able to beat the virus in their own. They will test positive for antibodies but not detected on the HCV RNA by PCR test for the virus itself.
Have you had the HCV RNA test? If you have and you testified detected for the hep c virus they may also have told you your viral load. If you have tested positive for the virus you will need another test to determine your genotype of hep c which would be a number letter combination like 1a 1b 2a 2b etc....
You can today be treated for hep c and be cured the new medicines approved about 3 years ago are curing most with hep c.
A couple of comments about your boyfriend. He left you when the going got a little difficult so is that who you really need standing beside you someone who does not have your back who runs at the first sign of any trouble?
You are not dirty you have an illness nothing more. Would you feel dirty if you had cancer or heart disease?
If you are infected see your doctor, get treated, cure your hep c and find someone who truely has your back.
Maybe this is all a blessing in disguise to find out what kind of guy you were seeing. You are not the bad one he is.
Please check back to let us know if you had the HCV RNA test and what your viral load and genotype are.
Hi I found some information about false positive results for the hep c antibody test
A false positive occurs when the ELISA test comes up positive for hep C antibodies, but the person taking the test was never exposed to hep C virus, which leads the RNA test to read as negative.
The problem is that antibodies that the immune system has produced to combat infections other than hep C can be what’s known as “cross-reactive”: The ELISA winds up picking up on these antibodies’ presence and incorrectly coming up positive. Research has shown, for example, that people are much more likely to test false positive if they’re living in areas of Africa where exposure to infectious diseases such as worms is more common. “There are a myriad of things than can infect you, particularly in areas where you don’t have a lot of sanitation and clean water,” says Oliver Laeyendecker, PhD, an infectious disease researcher at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Those who test false positive, regardless of the reason, will likely continue to do so for the duration of their lives. So in the event of future hep C exposure, an RNA test will be needed to accurately diagnose an infection. Major risk factors for contracting hep C include: injection drug use, including steroids; the sharing of needles, syringes or other injection materials; needlestick injuries in a health care setting; tattoos or piercings performed with non-sterilized equipment; and condomless sex among HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM)."