So you’re pregnant and learn you have HCV from one of these tests: An anti-HCV antibody test, which shows you’ve had the virus, or an HCV RNA test, which shows you currently have an infection from the virus. You probably knew you were at risk but never had any symptoms, which most people don’t, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Now what?
You likely won’t receive antiviral therapy to cure HCV if you’re pregnant. The safety of that treatment hasn’t been established during pregnancy, says Janet Luimes, N.P., a nurse practitioner at Copeman Healthcare Centre in Vancouver, Canada.