false-possitive tests

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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/23/2008 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm 37 and I don't have insurance, so this has cost alot of money...I had a hep c test done like 6 years ago and it came back possitive and I recently decided to take care of it and had another test done done and liver enzyme test too... and the nurse at the docs office acted like I was ready to go into liver failure and that I needed to get to a speciallist fast so I did...they ran a hep c test on me and said that no I didn't have hep c and that my liver enzymes seemed normal...why then would I have two false possitives and do you think that I should get a third oppinion???

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 9/23/2008 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
star2222, I just want to welcome you to the forum. I'm sorry that I can't answer your question. I don't have any knowledge of false positive results. Hopefully someone will be able to give you some advice.
There is always hope!

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 9/23/2008 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   

Star, it depends on the lab they use.  Different labs can (and sometimes do) reveal different results.  Who was the specialist you went to?  That is, was it a hepatologist or gastroenterologist?  Although costly, I think you should have a repeat hep C test done and request that they send it to a different lab than the one they used.  That way, you will have a better idea of which test is correct.

Good luck!


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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 9/24/2008 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   

Yes, it depends on the lab & the specific test, some are more thorough than others. If you get get PCR (viral load) it will be undetectable if you do not have Hep C. Good Luck.

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