It takes an average 11 weeks to seroconvert to a positive antibody test according the the CDC. However, the CDC recommends in people who believe they had an exposure, and test negative at 12 weeks, to repeat the test at 24 weeks to be absolutely certain they have a true negative test. A viral load test ( HCV/RNA by PCR) is conclusive much earlier,and can be done without an antibody result, but the test is much more expensive. Depending on the lab it can cost upwards of $500. Low cost ($220) is available. If you are interested please private message me for more information.
I cannot answer your question about HIV. However, a viral load test (HCV/RNA by PCR) would definitely be conclusive at this point. It looks for actual virus rather than the antibody. Good luck.
The test is accurate. Beyond that I'd go to the HIV section here.
Thank you for the answer.
The anti-hcv is accurate, but is it conclusive?
In terns of HIV it is conclusive ate or after the 12 week mark. This is something my doctor told me,
thank you for you helpful experience
Can i get a HCV/RNA without testing reactive to antibody? if so any idea on the cost?
In terns of HIV I was told by a specialist it is conclusive at or after the 12 week mark.
The cost of the test will vary by lab.
My lab charges my insurance company about $400.00 I think.
I think I you are self pay you can get any test you want I don't know as I only get trsts my doctor feels are needed.
As far as HIV testing try the HIV group.
We are patients with hep c and don't know about HIV
The county clinic can do your tests for about 20 bucks.
I meant to say county STD clinic. All they can tell is positive or negative. any more details needed with testing has to be done by your doc and the lab.
I am getting a full std screening again on Monday. I specifically asked for hcv/rna by pcr to be done and asked also for the Dr to confirm if the hiv and hcv would be conclusive. His final answer was yes...
Will post my results.
Thank you all so much for your support and advice
The full screening btw will for 130€.
I believe that is a price for an antibody test. The PCR's cost a lot more and many clinics that do low cost testing do not include PCR, unfortunately.
I posted a question related to HCV a few weeks back and said I would come back with results after you advised me to get a PCR test. Turns out that no PCR test eas performed at the time.
What was performed was both antigen and atibody test for HCV, both coming back as negative. The doc reassured me that the type of exposure I was exposed to is very very very unlikely to have exposure risk.
From some of the info i have been able to investigate antigen test are very reliable and are in many cases used in stead of PCR tests in order to reduce costs.
Could you please tel me if you have any experience or knowledge on these.
Thanks in advance for sharing with me/us
This may help you.
Thanks for the link.
I went through it and I wasn't able to see any reference to antigen testing only antibody.
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