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Can cured hep patients spread virus?
Jan 5, 2003

Hi. I know someone who was cured of hepatitus c. Their last test showed no detectable trace of the virus. Can they still spread the disease? If they can spread it, are they as infectious as someone who still has the disease? Hope my question doesn't seem dumb. Thanks

Response from Dr. Dieterich

No such thing as a dumb question. If you don't know the answer a lot of people also don't know. If the HCV PCR is negative 6 months after stopping therapy then we prounounce the patient cured. If there is no virus then there can be no transmission. This is not to encourage unsafe sex or anything else unsafe, but no virus no disease and this virus (HCV) when it is gone it is really gone! Congratulate your friend! DTD



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