|Viral Load Question
Mar 24, 2007
This is a follow up question. I was tested for HBV DNA. what does it mean if viral load is > 110,000,000 IU/ml using TAQMAN? Assuming this is beyond beyond normal, what should I do? I consulted with several gastro doctors and some wanted me to start on interferon. Others said don't, because my SGPT, SGOT, and ALT are all very normal. Please advise. Thanks!
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
It means you are chronically infected with HBV. The level itself is not very prognostic. A decision regarding treatment is made based on many factors. There is no urgency regarding treatment. Several antiviral drugs are currently available and effective and don't require the use of interferon. I would seek the advice of a hepatologist who specializes in HBV treatment for a straight answer.
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