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Successful treatment for HCV - can i be reinfected?

Aug 10, 2011

About five years ago, I underwent the 48 week treatment for HCV and it was successful. I am HIV+, VL undetectable, CD4 550. I have a new HIV doc and he said my bloodwork reflects I have the antibodies for HCV. What exactly does this mean? Can I get reinfected with HCV?

Response from Dr. Frascino


If you have detectable levels of hepatitis C (HCV) antibodies in your blood, it means one of two things:

You could be HCV infected (chronic HCV carrier).

You were infected with hepatitis C, but have now cleared the virus from your body. Once infected you will always have hepatitis C antibodies.

Regarding reinfection with hepatitis C, yes, it's possible. HCVers who have successfully cleared the virus, either naturally or through medications, can become infected again with a different strain.

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