|Hep C After Liver Transplant
Mar 2, 2006
My husband received his life saving liver/kidney transplant. My husband has Hepititis C, which was never treated before transplant. I have been hearing about genotype. What is the genotypes of Hepititis C, and why do they make a differanced. Could you please direct me to some good information concerning Hepititis C.
Thank you and God Bless. Roberta
Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your post. There are several different hepatitis C genotypes-- lets simplify and call them 1,2 and 3. The reason that these are important is that different HCV genotypes responde differently to HCV treatment. Type 1 genotypes tend to respond less well, whereas non-1 genotypes have the best responses to current treatments.
You didn't mention whether your husband has HIV coinfection or not, but double infection tends to accelerate the rates of disease progression for either virus. Managment of the coinfected patient can pose some additional challenges.
There are many web-based references on HCV. I'd recommend surfing our site, TheBody.com to start, but then, I'm biased.
With best wishes for you and your husband, BY
Switching to Epzicom
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.