Did the test say reactive? I have a hard time trying to find specifics about the numbers but I am pretty sure your husband has hep c antibodies and I think you may be weakly positive as well.
What has your doctor said?
Your old hep b vaccination is irrelevant to this testing for hep c antibodies entirely unrelated.
I found this information:
“The antibody test for hepatitis C infection causes some confusion amongst patients. This test is performed as a screening test. If a person has ever been exposed to hepatitis C virus, he will have antibodies in his blood. Antibodies are actually chemicals that are released into the blood when a person comes in contact with the virus.
This does NOT mean that he definitely has the virus. It means that he has been exposed. Results from the antibody test usually take a week or more to come back.
Following a positive antibody test, an HCV/RNA by PCR test, better known as “the viral load test”, should be performed. If that test is positive (detected) it means that the actual virus has been seen in the bloodstream and the patient does have the hepatitis C virus.”
So if you both are reactive for hepatitis c antibodies you will need a second more expensive test for the actual virus the HCV RNA by PCR. It takes about 10 days to get results. If this test is positive that will also have a viral load how many copies of the virus are circulating in 1 mL of blood . If this test does come back detected then you do have hepatitis C and will likely require treatment to clear the virus.
About 25% of people recently infected with hepatitis C virus or able to actually fight the infection on their own and will self cure without needing additional treatment.
Many people infected with hep c will have mild elevations in liver enzymes but not everyone will. I had hep c for probably 11 years when I learned I was infected. But all my previous liver enzyme tests were in normal range.
Ok I just found this it is the range for the Hepatitis C Virus Antibody by CIA (Qualitative Chemiluminescent Immunoassay) test. There are several hep c antibody tests on the market I believe but these numbers read similar to what I have seen previously.
Negative 0.79 or less
Equivocal 0.80 to 0.99
Low Positive 1.00 to 10.99
High Positive 11.00 or greater
Both your antibodies test most likely say “ reactive”. Or “ positive”
Lynne has given you good advice that the gastric should now run the PCR blood test which will confirm if you do indeed have HCV.
Given your low AB test my guess is yours is either a “ false positive” or possibly infected with the virus at one time and cleared it yourself as Lynn mentioned
It would seem with your husbands reading he will most likely test as indeed having HCV