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Old 09-28-2012, 07:45 PM   #1
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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.

 
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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.

 
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:53 PM   #3
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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.

 
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