Hepatitis C Antibody with Reflex to HCV, RNA, Quantitative, Real-Time PCR
An HCV antibody test is used to screen for infection. It detects the presence of antibodies to the virus, indicating exposure to HCV. This test cannot distinguish between someone with an active or a previous HCV infection. There is some evidence that if the test is "weakly positive," it may be a false positive. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all positive antibody tests be followed by an HCV RNA test that detects viral RNA in the blood to determine whether or not the person has an active infection.
- Immunoassay (IA)
- Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) is the major cause of hepatitis. Approximately 1% of blood donors are seropositive for anti-HCV. The clinical symptoms of a HCV infection are variable. Exposure to HCV results in a chronic infection in 50 to 80% of cases. The "window" between infection and seroreactivity is highly variable, up to 12 months.
- Results obtained from immunosuppressed patients should be interpreted with caution. Patients receiving mouse antibody therapy may produce false-negative results.
- HCV with Reflex,HCV Antibody,Anti HCV