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Chances of getting a false negative hepatitis c in report - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am wondering about the chances of getting a false negative hepatitis c antibody test. I think I have been recently exposed to hepatitis c, and I have been symptomatic. I have had pain in the liver area, slight fever, and body aches. However, in the time I have had symptoms, I had a test which came back negative. If you have symptoms, would it be expected for the test to come back positive? I am very confused.
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr here
Doctor :   give me a moment let me read the query
Doctor :   Its not necessary for the test to be positive
Doctor :   You dont have to be confused, the test for hep c is pretty accurate
User :   I don't know if my symptoms are from my anxiety about it, or if they are real or if I'm imagining the whole thing.
Doctor :   Yes the most probable cause coulod be due to anxiety
Doctor :   Were you vaccinated for hepatitis previously
User :   Yea I had my hep a + b vaccines
Doctor :   The most common mode for spread of hep c is blood transfusion'
Doctor :   Ok
User :   I had an ex boyfriend who told me that he tested positive for hep c, that is why I had the test. Just to be sure
Doctor :   Do you have complaints of fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle aches or fever. Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice) is rare at this early stage of infection.
Doctor :   The most common route of transmission is needles shared among users of illicit drugs.
Doctor :   Accidental needle-sticks in healthcare workers also have transmitted the virus.
User :   Do you think that I should be tested again?
Doctor :   A very small number of cases are transmitted through sexual intercourse. The risk of transmission of HCV from an infected individual to a non-infected spouse or partner without the use of condoms over a lifetime has been estimated to be 1% to 4%
Doctor :   No
User :   Okay good
Doctor :   Your age?
User :   22 turning 23 in a week
Doctor :   One small advise if you are partner is infected do practise safe contact
Doctor: Thats makes the chance for spead 0%
Doctor :   Is there anything else ican help you with?
User :   No you answered my questions. Thanks a lot for your help
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
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