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women and immune response
Apr 7, 2003

Doctor:

I read somewhere that women generally have a better response to Hep treatments. Without sounding sexist, do women have better immune systems than men? And if so, why is it so? (More T cells, more overall lymphocytes?)

Response from Dr. Dieterich

Women do indeed have better immune systems than men. They also get more auto immune diseases because of that tendency. However in the analysis of hepatitis C treatment when analyzed for weight then the advantage of female sex in treament went away. DTD



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