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37 years of hep c with no problems
Jan 31, 2010

I was recently told I have hep c. I believe this is related to drug use from 1973. I am 53 now and have never had any health problems. liver enzimes 2 years ago were good. Am I at low risk for getting cerosis at this point. I have had no biopsy. I assume because of good heath that I do not have cerosis. I drink about twice a month 6-8 drinks with friends. After 37 years, can I assume I am low risk for future problems?

Response from Dr. McGovern

It is possible that you cleared the virus long ago. I would have your doctor check a HCV RNA test. If there is no virus you are not at risk. If there is virus, then you will want to think about further monitoring.

If you do not want a biopsy, then you can start with some non-invasive blood tests which can sometimes be helpful for staging disease.

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