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Is hcv(hep C) antibodies test accurate at 39 days after exposure?

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Is a hcv(hep C) antibodies test. accurate at 39 days post possible exposure(condom slip)?The lab test showed Hcv ab w/reflx verfircation(Neg)
Posted Fri, 13 Sep 2013 in Liver and Gall Bladder
Answered by Dr. Sujoy Khan 17 days later
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HCV RNA PCR most accurate

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As with viruses and the human immune system, there is a latent phase where the body makes antibodies that are sometimes too low to be detectable by standard laboratory assays.

The incubation period can vary from 2 weeks to 6 months. Peak in virus concentration appears to be related to ALT levels. Most patients may not test positive using EIA test for 6-9 months after onset of illness.
HCV PCR test or the XXXXXXX test can detect virus levels although labs with extremely good quality control should provide these tests.

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