Counseling the Patient with Hepatitis C Infection
||His test result indicates that he has chronic hepatitis C infection.
This answer is incorrect. Although most people (75-85%) who are infected with hepatitis C do go on to have chronic hepatitis C, some are able to clear the initial infection. The antibody test that this patient had determines if a person has ever been infected with hepatitis C. Additional testing is needed to look for the presence of the hepatitis C virus in the blood, which is an indication that the hepatitis C virus is still present in the body as a chronic infection.
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