Dec 24, 2012
What are my chances of clearing Hep C genotype 3 with 1.4 mil viral load. I am 19 years of age and healthy otherwise.
Response from Dr. Taylor
If you mean your chances of clearing hepatitis C genotype 3, with medications (being cured), overall the chance of cure is 75% or so. There are a number of factors which influence the chance of cure, and may increase or decrease chance of cure, including the starting hepatitis C viral load, whether the viral load drops to a non-detectable level quickly, adherence to treatment, how much scarring is in the liver, and dual infection with HIV.
If you mean your chances of clearing hepatitis C genotype 3 without medications, due to an effective immune response, this occurs only within the first 6 months or so of infection. The chances of this spontaneous clearance are approximately 15%. After the first 6 months of a new hepatitis C infection, if the infection has not cleared up on its own, the infection will not go away on its own, and becomes chronic. The only way to clear the hepatitis C then is with medications.
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