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hepatitis c
Jul 31, 2011

My husband was recently diagnosed with hep c after abnormal liver tests. Subsequent liver ultrasound showed normal liver with no damage detectable. He is 32, probably infected about 9 or 10 yrs ago, he has a viral load of 6.4 which the doctor said doesn't qualify for any subsidised treatment (NZ). He has given up smoking and all alcohol and keeps very fit, shld we try and get treatment? His liver tests always show high levels.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

I can't tell from your question whether the 6.4 indicates a viral load of 6.4 million, 6.4 log copies or just 6.4 copies or IU/mL. If the blood tests (liver transaminases) are elevated and that viral load is 6.4 million, then he would benefit from treatment regardless of what the ultrasound scan showed.



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