Hepatitis C (HCV) Viral Load By Real Time PCR
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The amount of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in a patient's blood is determined by a laboratory test called a Real-Time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test. The test works by identifying HCV RNA in a patient's blood sample and then measuring the amount of the virus present. A high HCV viral load signifies a high level of HCV in the blood and an elevated risk of liver injury. A low HCV viral load indicates a lower level of the virus and, thus, a lesser risk of liver injury. The findings of the test aid medical professionals in choosing the most effective course of treatment for HCV-infected patients.
Frequently asked questions
Blood must be drawn for the test, which is often done by a medical practitioner and may be
uncomfortable or painful. The treatment is brief, though, so the discomfort should pass fast.
The extremely accurate Hepatitis C viral load by real-time PCR test is frequently used to
track HCV infection. It is not 100% accurate, though, and there is a chance of receiving a
falsely positive or falsely negative result, just like with any medical test.
No, the Hepatitis C viral load by real-time PCR test is unable to identify other liver
infections because it only detects the amount of HCV RNA in the blood.
Yes, it is still possible to spread the virus to others even if your HCV viral level is low. Use
proper injection techniques and refrain from sharing personal objects that could come into
contact with blood as steps to prevent transmission.