What was your concerning exposure? Did you experience a situation where hep c infected blood could have entered your blood stream?
From the US CDC
“ Transmission / Exposure
How is hepatitis C spread?
The hepatitis C virus is usually spread when someone comes into contact with blood from an infected person. This can happen through:
►Sharing drug-injection equipment.
Today, most people become infected with hepatitis C by sharing needles, syringes, or any other equipment used to prepare and inject drugs.
Approximately 6% of infants born to infected mothers will get hepatitis C.
Although uncommon, people can become infected when health-care professionals do not follow the proper steps needed to prevent the spread of bloodborne infections.
►Sex with an infected person.
While uncommon, hepatitis C can spread during sex, though it has been reported more often among men who have sex with men.
►Unregulated tattoos or body piercings.
Hepatitis C can spread when getting tattoos or body piercings in unlicensed facilities, informal settings, or with
►Sharing personal items.
People can get infected from sharing glucose monitors, razors, nail clippers, toothbrushes, and other items that may have come into contact with infected blood, even in amounts too small to see.
►Blood transfusions and organ transplants.
Before widespread screening of the blood supply in 1992, hepatitis C was also spread through blood transfusions and organ transplants. Now, the risk of transmission to recipients of blood or blood products is extremely low.
Hepatitis C is not spread by sharing eating utensils, breastfeeding, hugging, kissing, holding hands, coughing, or sneezing. It is also not spread through food or water.”
For risk of infection hep c is not highly transmissible in a household setting unless you are sharing personal hygiene items like toothbrushes, razors or fingernail clippers which could create a very small risk of transmission. The greatest risk is if you are using IV drugs and sharing needles.
Your reactive antibody test is meaningless all it shows is you were exposed to hep c at sometime in the past. Only having a test for the actual virus the HCV RNA by PCR or similar that shows you are currently infected. Having positive antibodies is not a current infection. Your test results show you have nothing to transmit.
Ok first up you should never have taken a hep c antibody test. The results of this test is already known. You will fit the test of your life test positive for hepatitis c antibodies this will never change, once a person is he posed to hepatitis c they will always test positive for hepatitis c antibodies.
If you should experience a risk of exposure like sharing IV drug needles you should then only have the HCV RNA by PCR test that tests fir the actual virus. This is the only way to know if you are currently infected. I’ve no idea why any doctor who is aware of your medical history would order a hep c antibody test.