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Author Topic: Please explain my results to me  (Read 9369 times)

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Offline DesertGuy

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Please explain my results to me
« on: August 06, 2014, 02:41:25 pm »
Just had to go pick my results up from my local hosp--blood taken last Thursday--4 weeks--for some reason they would not post these online with my others --DUH?--so I don't see my Doc until next month---as I read them I still show detectable--not sure
HCV log10   1.301     log10  IU/ml

what does this mean??

Offline Mike

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Re: Please explain my results to me
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2014, 05:07:58 pm »
Hi Deseryguy,

It looks like you have had a dramatic drop in your overall VL to less then  25 per IU/ml. This is great news!

"What's in a log?

Viral load can be expressed as a NUMBER or a LOG VALUE. A log is the number of times ten must be multiplied with itself to equal a certain number. For example, log 2 = 100 (10 x 10), log 5 is 100,000 (10 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10).

Dividing a number by 10 is the same as a 1 log drop.

When comparing big numbers, it's sometimes easier to use logs because what looks like a massive change is in fact relatively small. For example: A viral load of 800,000 is log 5.9, 80,000 is log 4.9. So you's thinking "Wow! a massive drop in virus!" But in log terms it's the same as a drop from 500 (log 2.7) to 50 (log 1.7), which in number terms don't seems as grand as losing 720,000 of the little buggers does it...

A change in viral load of 0.5 log is significant.

You can convert a number into a log value by entering "log(THE NUMBER)" into the Google search box, for example enter "log(50)" and press RETURN and you will give you the result "log(50) = 1.69897".

HANDY LOG TABLE
Viral load is... Log value...
50 1.7
100 2
330 2.5
500 2.7
800 2.9
1,000 3
3,300 3.5
5,000 3.7
8,000 3.9
33,000 4.5
50,000 4.7
80,000 4.9
500,000 5.7
800,000 5.9
1 million 6 "

Best wishes, Mike
Genotype 1a
Treated 2001 with PEG and RIBV
Treated in 2014 SOL+PEG+RIBV
Cured July 2014

Offline DesertGuy

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Re: Please explain my results to me
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2014, 05:21:52 pm »
Okay---big drop---but still detectable correct?
I know I was nine million something
so is this good---or great news????
I'm in for a 24 week dose

Offline DesertGuy

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Re: Please explain my results to me
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2014, 05:23:51 pm »
forgot--also says

HCV  RNA  detected,  less than  15  IU/ml

Offline Mike

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Re: Please explain my results to me
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2014, 05:43:40 pm »
Hi Deseryguy,

It's great news. It means you went from 9,000,000 per UL/ml to less then 25 per UL/ml! That means 8,999,975 of virus have been eliminated at the time the blood was drawn

I would imagine your undetectable at this time!

Best wishes, Mike
Genotype 1a
Treated 2001 with PEG and RIBV
Treated in 2014 SOL+PEG+RIBV
Cured July 2014

Offline DesertGuy

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Re: Please explain my results to me
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2014, 06:12:33 pm »
So--if all goes to plan---when my blood is drawn in 3 more weeks--and then I see the doc a few days later
I should be undetectable----CORRECT ???????????

Offline Mike

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Re: Please explain my results to me
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2014, 06:22:28 pm »
Yes. I would bet money on it!

Also, since it takes about a week to get the VL test back, I would bet money that you're undetectable now. You went from 9 million to less then 25 in 3-4 weeks. That means the Sovaldi has 20 weeks left to beat the crap out the handful that are left!

That's why this is such great news!

Best wishes, Mike
Genotype 1a
Treated 2001 with PEG and RIBV
Treated in 2014 SOL+PEG+RIBV
Cured July 2014

Offline DesertGuy

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Re: Please explain my results to me
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2014, 07:23:03 pm »
Hey man thanks---I don't see the doc until next month, and he doesn't say much
THANKS FOR THIS FORUM

 


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