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My doctor told me my body cured my hep c on its own

I was told I had hep c in 2014 but my body was fighting it off that they wanted to keep checking me. Now it's gone
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You probably had a positive antibody test which would mean you were at one time in the past exposed to the hepatitis c virus.

You then would have had a test for the virus itself the HCV RNA by PCR or similar named test and your result was not detected for the virus. At least I am assuming is what has happened in your case.

Antibodies are made by your own body when it tries to fight a virus. Antibodies are not the virus they are a part of you made to fight a viral infection. You will always test positive for antibodies against the hepatitis c virus. But if you test negative for the virus on the HCV RNA by PCR test you do not have hep c so there is nothing to be done and no further follow up is needed unless you have a possible risk of infection then you would need a HCV RNA test to rule out infection.

The antibody test is of no value for you as we know the result it will always test positive.

Just to add about 25% of people are able to successfully beat the virus without treatment. Congrats on being in the lucky 25%
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Wow, That is wonderful.  What genotype did you have? If we could all be so lucky, that would be wonderful.  How old are you?  If you were only told a few years ago and now it's gone.  Why, that is a wonderful thing indeed.  I am so very happy for you.
About 25% of people are able to fight off hep c on their own. Most won't know what their genotype was. This is because they only found out when they had a positive hep c antibody test but a not detected on the HCV RNA test for the actual virus.

Since they don't have the virus there is no way to know what the genotype was.

In the US the most common genotypes are either 1a or 1b.
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