Joan wrote: I also read in a post (could be the same one) that HCV can come up in blood tests for a fews years to come but the viral load will say undetected which means clear.
Yes, two different tests.
1. There is an 'antibody' test that just tells you that your body is saying "yes, I have met this virus and fought with it". It doesn't tell you whether or not you currently have the virus only that you have had it at some stage. It is a relatively cheap quick test and was probably one of the tests your doctor used (along with others such as probably hep a & b) when he first suspected that you may have some sort of liver problem.
2. Then there is the PCR test which shows via detected/undetected whether you have active virus in your body. Your doctor would have run this test once he got a confirmed antibody test to see whether you still had the virus before recommending treatment. And it is the test used to check for SVR at various points and into the future if you ever want confirmation that the virus hasn't returned. (The V/L test is basically the same test but goes into more detail to tell you how much virus rather than just virus/no virus)
Test 1 is of little use to you as you already know you have had the virus in the past and it will show positive for many years, possibly even your whole life.
Test 2 in its basic detected/undetected form is what you need from now on as you just need to keep getting undetected or zero results to confirm the virus hasn't returned.
And while I'm mostly feeling better than I did pretreatment it is a bumpy ride some days....but there's light at the end of the tunnel now!