HealthBoards

HealthBoards (http://www.healthboards.com/boards/)
-   Hepatitis (http://www.healthboards.com/boards/hepatitis/)
-   -   Hep C Is 6 weeks enough time for a Hep C test to be considered accurate? (http://www.healthboards.com/boards/hepatitis/920657-6-weeks-enough-time-hep-c-test-considered-accurate.html)

snowball2012 09-28-2012 07:45 PM

Is 6 weeks enough time for a Hep C test to be considered accurate?
 
On on June 26, 2012 was the day I possibly contracted Hepatitis C from work. Sept 11, 2012 (47 days after possible infection) was the day I did my Hepatitis C antibody test. Fortunately, it tested negative, but can I consider this accurate?

I've read that the window period for Hep c is 3 months, so I'm not sure how confident I feel towards this test.

I live in Canada; I am a male; I don't drink, party, or do drugs. I'm somewhat skinny. I've only slept with one woman, my current wife who I've been married to for 15 years. Essentially, I live a pretty safe life.

Thank you for time.

ladybud 09-28-2012 08:50 PM

Re: Is 6 weeks enough time for a Hep C test to be considered accurate?
 
The average incubation time for Hep C is 45 days, according to the CDC. But it can extend out to six months. So the negative result is encouraging, but I would just repeat it at 6 months after exposure to be sure. It can certainly be repeated sooner if you develop any symptoms suggestive of hepatitis. Hopefully your exposure was minimal, and your immune nsystem strong.

snowball2012 09-29-2012 07:53 PM

Re: Is 6 weeks enough time for a Hep C test to be considered accurate?
 
Thank you for your response. It was informative and comforting.


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:56 AM.