What is the name of the test?
If it is the HCV RNA by PCR test that is looking for the presence of the Hepatitis C virus in your blood this would mean you have a viral load of 1 million virus in every mL of your blood. This would mean you need to be treated to eridicate the hep c virus from your blood.
The result would be something like
HCV RNA detected
But right now I am not sure what test you are asking about.
What has your doctor that requested this test for you told you?
A high viral load is considered to be anything over 800,000 IU/ml (800,000 International Units per milliliter of blood or 800,000 standardized units per milliliter) or 2 million copies/ml. A low viral load is, typically, anything less than that, although some studies have shown that the cutoff is too high and should be readjusted to indicate that those with a viral load of 400,000 IU/ml or lower are thought to respond best to treatment.
It’s important to understand that, even though viral load is measured when a person tests positive for HCV antibodies and then again at regular intervals while they are undergoing treatment for HCV (usually, every 3 months), viral load is only a measurement of the potential for successful therapy and then whether or not therapy was successful. Other tests – liver biopsies and enzyme tests or genotyping one’s virus will determine the extent of the disease’s damage to the liver and how fast the disease will progress.