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Author Topic: HCV+ Antibody Test:What’s the Likelihood of a Chronic Hep C Infection?  (Read 7763 times)

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Offline Hep Editors

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Some basics about HCV: Soon after the hepatitis C virus enters the body, it infects cells in the liver called hepatocytes. At this point, only about 25% of people will actually experience symptoms of infection (fatigue, decreased appetite, nausea, jaundice).

However, almost all people will experience an increase in liver enzymes—such as serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT)—which can be detected by a simple blood test, and will test positive for HCV antibodies.

After that, about 15-25% of people who are infected with hep C actually manage to clear the virus from their bodies naturally, which happens within 6 months after an infection and is far more common among women. The rest, 75-85%, will get a chronic hepatitis C infection, which will stay with them for life.

Of these 75-85 people for every 100 people infected, about 15 will remain healthy and will not develop liver disease, cirrhosis, etc. The remaining 60 to 70 people will go on to develop signs of the disease which may require treatment.

For more info: http://www.hepmag.com/articles/2512_18751.shtml

Offline Debula

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Wow I did not know this.  I had no clue some actually can clear on their own
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After that, about 15-25% of people who are infected with hep C actually manage to clear the virus from their bodies naturally, which happens within 6 months after an infection and is far more common among women
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80's DX: NonA,B
Non responder to Interferon
3/6/2015-GT 1a
VL-1920000 IU/mL
FibroSURE: Fibrosis stage F4 (0.79)
                  Necroinflammat activity A3 Severe (0.75)
AST 88,  ALT 120, Platelets 73
4/16/2015-Started Harvoni (24 weeks)
5/13/2015-4 weeks AST 26, ALT 36 
5/22/2015-5 weeks  VL UND
6/17/2015-9 weeks  VL UND AST 28 ALT 40
7/31/2015-15 weeks VL UND AST 27 ALT 39
9/22 Diagnosed with HCC
10/1-EOT
10/29-SVR4
12/23-SVR12
I AM HEPC FREE! :)

Offline dragonslayer

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>>Of these 75-85 people for every 100 people infected, about 15 will remain healthy and will not develop liver disease, cirrhosis, etc. The remaining 60 to 70 people will go on to develop signs of the disease which may require treatment.<<

If Im not mistaken, this is in stark contrast to what we used to be told about HCV, ie, that 70% of those infected with chronic HCV will not show symptoms in their lifetimes.     So now, that number is closer to 20% that will be symptom free, and not the 70% that we used to hear?

http://hcvadvocate.org/hepatitis/easyfacts/exposure.pdf
« Last Edit: April 23, 2015, 10:45:17 am by dragonslayer »
Paul

DX 2008
Started Harvoni 11/26/14 for 8 wks
Completed 8 wks Harvoni 01/20/15
EOT RNA Quant result:  Detected 29
7.5 wk post tx: Detected < LLOQ(12)
11 wk post tx: UNDETECTED SVR12
24 wk post tx: UNDETECTED SVR24; AST 26; ALT 22; ALP 73
48 wk post tx: UNDETECTED SVR48; AST 18; ALT 18; ALP 70
GT 1a
vl 2.4mil
2008 bpx: Stage&Grade 0
2013 bpx: Stage&Grade: 0-1
IL28B: TT
likely infected early '70s

 


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