May 11, 2002
I have recently been undergoing treatment for hep c with some wonderful results. I have not only responded by the 10th week of treatment, but I have cleared the virus. Does this mean that I am no longer contageous, or should I still be concerned about transmission?? Thank you.
| Response from Dr. Fried
That is good news! An early virological response (clearance of HCV from the blood early during therapy) is the first step to "cure" of HCV. The real test will come after therapy is stopped. If you remain negative for HCV RNA in blood six months after stopping treatment, this is considered a sustained virological response, or essentially cure. The chances of relapse after this time is very, very small. Until this happens, you should consider that you are potentially infectious (although much less likely given the absence of detectable virus in the blood) and follow the common sense precautions that are recommended. Even after successful therapy, you should not try to donate blood because the antibodies to HCV will be present.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Pain In Penis After Protected Anal Sex Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Painful Red Spots After Fingering Worried I Have HIV
- Sore Testicles After Sex With Hooker Worried I Have HIV
- Tingling Lips After Breast Sucking Worried I Have HIV
- Ascus Pap Results
- How Long Does It Take For Symptoms From A Std To Show Up?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.