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Hepatitis C Antibody Test Facts
If you have HCV antibodies it does not mean that you are currently infected with HCV – your body may have been able to get rid of the virus all on its own. That’s why it’s so important to have a viral load test.
Viral Load Test Facts
One test, called the viral load test, will tell you if you have HCV in your body and how much of the virus is in you. It will also tell you if treatment is working.
What Is ALT? Facts
One of the most common blood tests used will measure alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels in your blood. Those are chemicals that are released by the liver into the blood when the liver is damaged or sick. Unfortunately, it is not a perfect test for people with HCV.
What is an HCV Genotype? Facts
There are seven different strains of HCV; these are called genotypes and are numbered from 1 to 7. Genotype information is important because different drugs are used for different genotypes. Also see Subtypes, next entry.
What Is a Subtype? Facts
Every genotype has different kinds called subtypes. Subtype information is necessary because the new drugs to treat hepatitis C work better with some subtypes than with others.