The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Hepatitis and HIV CoinfectionHepatitis and HIV Coinfection
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

Types and Stages of Hep-C. What are they ?
Feb 23, 2013

What is Type-II, Stage-II? Explain what this means. I have this diagnosis and I have done the Interferon Pagesys treatment. I could not get my counts to come down toundetectable.

Response from Dr. Taylor

The types of hepatitis C refer to the strains, or variations, of the virus. These are called genotypes. I think of these like flavors of ice cream -- chocolate, vanilla, coffee, mango, green tea -- there are different flavors of hep C. The genotype you have comes from the genotype you caught when you caught hep C. The treatments for hep C vary depending on the genotype. Both the particular medications and duration of treatment can be affected by one's genotype. In general we think of genotypes 1 through 6 with subtypes noted by letters, for example 1a 1b 1c. Genotypes are clustered around the world in different ways. For example, in the U.S. 75% of people have type 1. In Europe, more people have genotypes 2 and 3.

Stage refers to how much scarring is in the liver. There are several different staging systems. The higher the number, the more the scarring. I would ask your doctor what staging system she/he uses, for example 1-6 or 1-4.

Hepatitis B Profile test
Hepatitis B - Non responder?

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint