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HEP C TEST RESULTS
May 13, 2006

I have hep c genotype 1a. I've had hcv for 20+ years. My last test was HEP C RNA, QN. My result is 1980000 ref <50 IU/ml and 6.30 ref <1.70 What does this mean and should I get treatment? I am really confused about treatment. Not sure if I can handle the side affects.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

The 6.3 refers to the log10 copy number and is a mathematical transformation of the 1.98 million copy number. Thus, they represent the same thing. Treatment of HCV infection is not based solely on the viral load level. Other factors such as extent of liver damage (assessed by liver biopsy) would go into a decision to treat. You should discuss this with your doctor or hepatologist.



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