The Possibility Of Hepatitis C Recovery Without Treatment?
In September 2016, after I donated blood, I was called by PMI DKI Jakarta to come there. There I was told that my blood did not pass the screening test because it indicated Hepatitis C with a zero point value. At that time I had another blood check and a few days later the results said it was one point away and I was advised to go to an internist doctor. I ignored PMI’s advice, because after I browsed about Hepatitis C, the treatment was expensive. Then in September 2018 I checked anti HCV at Tebet Hospital (I don’t know which examination method was used) the results were negative and I repeated a week later in a private hospital lab with the CMIA examination method and the results were Non-Reactive. I was confused by the PMI examination at that time. What is the advice from the doctor whether I should check for HCV RNA? I tried to think positively. I hope I am not infected with Hepatitis C, considering that the PMI screening test with lab tests in 2 different places has been 2 years apart. Thank you in advance for the answer.
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The anti-HCV test is a test to see if the body has immunity to the hepatitis C virus. If there is immunity, it means that hepatitis C virus infection has occurred. The PMI examination is a very sensitive test. That is, the examination will do everything possible so that no patient with anti-HCV positive will get a negative result. However, sometimes people who are anti-HCV negative can get positive results. This is also known as a false positive. PMI requires a high-sensitivity examination so that no patient receives blood containing the hepatitis C virus. Therefore, people who donate blood and receive reactive screening results will be asked to re-examine themselves. HCV RNA examination is a test to see if there is genetic material (RNA) of the hepatitis C virus in the body. This check is done if the anti-HCV is reactive to see if the hepatitis C virus is still present in the body or the infection has only occurred in the past and is not present in the body. If the results you did in the laboratory are currently non-reactive, you probably don't have hepatitis C. If you are still worried, you can consult further with an internal medicine specialist.
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