Nothing to add really except if the RIBA was positive, then you were exposed to HCV and cleared it. If the RIBA is negative then you have a false positive antibody test. Neither one is anything to worry about, however the blood bank people will not want you to donate blood. I always do repeat the PCR test in 6 months or a year. Stay well! DTD
There are a small percentage of folks who go through acute phase and somehow their immune system is able to spontaneously clear the Hepatitis C virus.
Those people remain UND for virus.
So technically you are "cured" but have the Antibodies from the virus.
I didn't know that they had to have virus to test genotype --- that's interesting --- there's a lot I don't know about the virus... But it kind of makes total sense - because if there is not a virus cell present in your blood then they cannot tell what type it is --- -because it isn't there.
I'm assuming you're one of those that cured automatically.
In that case - I'd probably take a PCR test every couple of years to keep checking on it --- but probably not more than every 3 or 4 years.
Much luck to you...
Dr. D is probably having a grand fourth of July!!!!
If I read your post correctly, you had a reactive screening test, a neg
confirmatory test (Riba) and a neg Pcr test, which checks for the virus.
Is that correct? If so, then your screening test was a false pos and you
do not have antibody or virus for hep c.
"Had further labs done, and antibodies still showed up. On April 11 had viral load and genotype testing. On April 22- received "undetectable" results and thus no genotype or viral load. Have I spontaneously cleared the virus? I assume that the virus would be present before antibodies. "
Jakied - only problem with this scenario is that there are multiple tests showing antibodies - but no VL --- so subject is UND --- which means spontaneous clearance or VL so entirely low that it is undetectable...
Methinks more on the lines of Spontaneous clearance.
But Dr. D will have to positively answer the question.
I just think he's probably enjoying the holiday --- heck I KNOW I would be if I worked as hard as he does.