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Dr. Edward Block:
To determine active hepatitis C infection, the doctor orders hepatitis C RNA test (also known as HCV RNA). This is an actual measure of virus in the blood and in the liver. Therefore a positive hepatitis C RNA test indicates active hepatitis C infection.
We can even take this one step further now and do specialized genotype testing. We now can actually determine the genotype (species) of hepatitis C that is infecting the patient. It turns out that different genotypes of hepatitis C virus may have very different responses to treatment.
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