So if all these test come back clear for HCV, we can then conclude a person does NOT have HCV infection and therefore the window period for HIV
testing will NOT be affected. If any of these tests come back positive
, then a person is diagnosed with acute HCV infection and the HIV window period will be prolonged.
That said, is there a real need to be worried about HCV infection in the first place? HCV is mostly transmitted through needle sticks i.e.