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JulieJ
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   Posted 4/23/2010 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
My name is Julie.  I am 29, and I am a nurse.  I had a daughter 4 years ago and my lab test were all negative.  I am carrying my second child and my prenatal lab screening detected an hepC antibody.  I have had one additional test done, and my provider told me that my number was a "2" which is really really low.  They are waiting for more results to come in before they draw a conclusion to my case.  Any ideas what it may be?  Is there a chance I could have a false positive? 

hep93
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   Posted 4/23/2010 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi, Julie, and welcome to the forum.  Congratulations on your pregnancy!  It could be that you were somehow exposed to hep C (through a needle stick perhaps?) and that your immune system battled it successfully.  However, you would still have the antibody for hep C and therefore test positive.  The only way to know if it is active, I believe, is through a liver biopsy.  I'm not sure they would want to do that now that you are pregnant.  I'm not sure what value is a "2."  I doubt if it's a MELD score as that usually isn't done until someone is in end-stage liver disease.  You will need to ask your doctor what that value refers to.  Of course, there could be an error in lab testing, so I would request that the test for hep C be repeated.  Are your liver enzymes elevated?  That would be an indication of liver disease, as you probably know.

I hope this helps.  Please let us know what further testing shows.

Hugs,

Connie


hep93
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
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JulieJ
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   Posted 4/23/2010 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the support and encouragement Connie.  I hope I can be an inspiration to others as well.  Do you know much about being a carrier?  It sounds like that is what they are leaning towards.  It sounds like my immune system has eradicated the virus, but will it return, or is it good as gone?  If I carry the antibody I can still expose others, correct?

hep93
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   Posted 4/23/2010 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   

No, if you have the antibody and the disease is not acute, you cannot infect others.  I have chronic active hep C, which means it is continuing to attack my liver and I could conceivably transmit the virus to someone else via blood.  So obviously I cannot be a blood or organ donor (though sometimes a hep C diseased liver will be transplanted in a person who already has hep C...but I only have a piece of liver left after having liver cancer, so that's out for me.)  I also test positive for hep B, but my immune system threw that one off, so as it was explained to me, I cannot get it again or transmit it.  There is also no need for me to get the hep B immunizations.  So hopefully the same would be true of your hep C if it is not active (although there are no preventive immunizations for C.)  That is something to discuss with a hepatologist or at least a GI doc.  If your hep C is active, it could possibly be transmitted to your unborn child.

Hugs,

Connie



hep93
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
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Post Edited (hep93) : 4/23/2010 11:48:19 PM (GMT-6)


**David**
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   Posted 4/23/2010 9:57 PM (GMT -7)   
As you know and Connie said, it's a blood to blood transmission. From what I was told and have read, the possibility of you passing the virus to your unborn child is about 5%. I realize any chance isn't good, but there are steps to make it less likely to occur. Find a good hepatologist and have them check you out. Be well. **David**
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