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.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
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.