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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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