|HCV Vaccine etc.
Nov 23, 2001
Dear Dr. Dieterich, I read some articles posted by the Chinese hepatitis foundation. They report that if the patient has positive HBsAg one year or longer after definite exposure to the virus, then s/he is chronic if not newly infected. Do you agree with them? Do you think the following suggestion a good way to get HCV immunity? You said in your previous reply that if a person is newly infected, then the cure rate is 100. OK, now suppose that we inject a small amount of virus to a person who has not been exposed to HCV. Then we treat the patient one or two months later if his/her PCR shows that the person hasn't cleared the virus. Doesn't this make people free from the disease?
| Response from Dr. Dieterich
Yes that is the standard definition of chronic hepatitis B. Some people even use 6 months of HBSAg positivity. DTD
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