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viral load increase
Dec 21, 2008

Hi Doc, i wonder is alcohol intake will increase your viral load? Thank you

lee

Response from Dr. McGovern

Yes - alcohol can increase the HCV RNA level - several studies have demonstrated this.

Alcohol can also cause additional liver damage.

Alcohol also suppresses your immune system.

For all these reasons, I do not treat someone with HCV who is still drinking since I think it is an exercise in futility.



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