My guess is that so far you have tested positive for the antibodies and that is what the 11.6 means as that number would be over the range. So he has ordered the other test to see if you have the actual virus. Some people carry the antibodies only as around 20 to 25% clear the virus on their own.
If you do have the actual virus try not to get to worried as it is better to find out now then years from now. Ridding ones self of Hep C has never been easier... You will be just fine, wishing you the very best.
Hello Canady. The 11.6 is the signal to cutoff ratio and it is used to indicate whether or not your antibody test is a false positive. Yours falls in the range of the antibody test likely being a true positive. I don't know what the A and P is. Do you possibly mean AFP (alfa feto protein)? That is a marker for liver cancer although many people with hepatitis C have raised levels of AFP and it really is not a very helpful test. I wouldn't worry about it. The quantitative test is what patients call the viral load test and if it comes back detected, that means it is a definite that you have the virus. Due to the fact that your liver enzymes are elevated and your signal to cutoff is relatively high, it appears that you do have hepatitis C. As Can-Do has told you, if you have to be diagnosed with this virus, now is a great time as treatments are quite easy and very successful, Wishing you lots of luck.
Your ALT and AST is a little bit on the high side, that's not terrible, it's just a bit high. Different company's/ labs use different U/L (normal) ranges. One thing you can do is get a copy of your blood test printout so you can see the ranges on the right hand side of your numbers. I just added a pic of an old blood test so you can check it out. Take a look at my profile and pics so you can see what I'm talking about. You will want to find out your genotype and viral load to find out your options are as far as tx goes. I'm sure that's where your doctor is going with more blood work. Ask more questions when you need to and someone here will help you. good luck!!
You guys are awesome thank you so much
Ok so I don't have to worry about liver damage at this point? Also would nausea and epigastric pain be due to my body trying to fight infection. I am so new to this and never knew anyone that had it until now so I am very nervous and just want as much info as i can get to educate myself and others of the disease.