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HCV viral load
Dec 13, 2009

I've had Hep C for 33 yrs. I went through 1 1/2 yrs of interferon treatment 20yrs ago at the Cleveland Clinic Cleveland I relapsed shortly after I stopped treatment. My new lab results show 11 million HCV QUANT. I've read that with my viral load it is a good indication that I will not respond to treatment? Is this true?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

You don't indicate what genotype your HCV is, and assuming your were treated 20 years ago, that you did not receive ribavirin in addition to the interferon. Many factors could have accounted for a lack of success. If you have genotype 1 virus, newer versions of interferon and ribavirin, combined with a new protease inhibitor as the become approved will likely result in success even after failure with prior interferon therapy, regardless of the viral load level.



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