Certainly this is possible, and the first thing your doctor will want to do is repeat the test.
okay, it is just a very scary result to have to contend with. From what I read such a small amount of the population has this disease and I am shocked that I could be one of them.
you are correct that it is a small portion of the population with the disease
and it is for that reason that it is not a routine test that is ordered because once you start testing people with no risk factors the false positive rate goes up
so this test should be repeated
and then followed up with a more specific test if needed
do you know why the false positive rate goes up for people with no risk factors?
the RNA test specific for hep C
it's a mathematical thing, not a test problem
I'm not too good with math so let me try to explain
if you had a blood test that was 90% accurate in predicting whether a person could dunk a basketball on a ten foot goal
and you administered it to NBA players
you would get 95% posisitves
a few false negatives
but if you tested only people under 5 foot tall you would still get positives
because the test is highly accurate
but produces some false positives because it is not 100% accurate
I don't know if that helps you
i do see what you are saying
in fact, in the short person example you would likely get ten to 15% positives... they would be true negatives, but the test would be wrong for this sample
okay, this gives me hope. thank you.
you are welcome... stand by for one second... I'm trying to find a false positive rate for you...
okay thank you
looks like the number i am seeing is 12-20% false positive in low risk populations
especially since you have never had signs or symptoms of hepatitis I would think yours would likely turn out to be a false positive
but certainly worth the definitive RNA testing... I'm sure your doctor can get that done for you.
i read that often people don't ever have signs or symptoms?
until much later at least when liver damage occurs
this is true
HERE IS A GOOD REFERENCE FOR YOU ON HEPATITIS C
so I am NOT telling you that you don't have it, but I AM telling you that there is a good chance based on what you have told me that the test may be in error.
right, okay, thanks for your help
you are most welcome
any final questions for me?
if i do have it- do u know what the most up to date treatments are? i was reading a lot of different things, not sure if what i was reading was related to outdated treatments. I am hoping that if i have it there is treatment after pregnancy that can cure it.
the mayo clinic link above is good for this
there is no cure
but interferon is still used and targeted therapies are under development
there are clinical trials taking place but I have not heard of any breakthrough treatments
okay. those are all my questions then. thanks.
good luck, and I hope this turns out to be a false positive
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