Nov 17, 2004
What is the cure rate right now for HCV? How many people actually clear the virus on their own without even taking meds? What percentage of people with HCV will actually die from the disease?
Response from Dr. Dieterich
All good questions. Lets start at the beginning. When people first get infected with HCV about 20% will clear the infection in the first 6 months. After that there is NO spontaneous clearance. It does not happen with HCV after the first 6 months. It is a very curable disease with treatment however. About 60% of all people who get treated the first time will be cured. That is huge progress from where we started about 12 years ago. It is usually estimated that 20% of all people with HCV will die from their HCV. However I think that is geting higher all the time. Why? Well because life expectancy in general is increasing and the availability of livers for transplant is stable or decreasing. By the year 2016, about 40,000 people per year in the US will die from HCV. That is a very significant number! DTD
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