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Author Topic: Help me with these viral load readings  (Read 7674 times)

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Offline Jorah

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Help me with these viral load readings
« on: June 20, 2015, 08:11:24 pm »
Hello There  :)

I'm Jorah in Toronto,  I have viral loads that I don't understand, I would like to know if they are decent (although I understand  VL is not everything in the bigger pic)

The first was in 2001 and this what it says: Quantitative 6.40 x 10.5^ Iu/ml

The second was last week: 3.72E6 lU/mL

I was reading somewhere that anything below 800.000 is good but I don't understand those numbers above.

Thank you for your help.
« Last Edit: June 20, 2015, 08:44:30 pm by Jorah »

Offline KimInTheForest

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Re: Help me with these viral load readings
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2015, 08:51:06 pm »
Hi Jorah. Welcome to the forums.

I believe your 2001 reading of 6.4 x 10^5 would be 640,000 IU/mL

And your reading from last week would be 3,720,000 IU/mL

However, as I am sure you know, viral load fluctuates a great deal and is not an indicator of progression of liver disease. Nor is it much of a predictor of successful treatment outcome with the new drugs.

It also seems to vary greatly depending on what lab it is done at and what machine is used. Prior to starting treatment, my viral load was always between 46,000 and 109,000 - even quite shortly before starting treatment. In other words, quite low as viral loads go. But upon starting treatment via a clinical trial where a different lab and machine is used, my Day 1 viral load was 4,000,000. Nevertheless, after just 7 days it had dropped to 130. By the end of Week 2 it was < 15 but still detected. And by the end of Week 4 it was undetected. This is a typical progression for people on the new drugs (at least Harvoni), regardless of viral load at outset.

Good luck, Jorah. :)

kim
« Last Edit: June 20, 2015, 08:52:41 pm by KimInTheForest »
Kim Goldberg (Nanaimo, BC)
1970s: Contracted HCV (genotype 3a)
2015: Cured with Harvoni + ribavirin (12 weeks)
MY STORY: https://pigsquash.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/undetectable-my-hep-c-story/

Offline Jorah

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Re: Help me with these viral load readings
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2015, 09:28:23 pm »
Thanks for the reply and the welcome Kim , I almost took a fit reading my second number, but I feel reassured by what you wrote afterwards...I've been out of the loop of information re: Hepc for a long time and now coming back my head is spinning with the amount of info studies and combos. I just joined a liver clinic and will be posting later in the section- considering treatment.
« Last Edit: June 20, 2015, 09:31:44 pm by Jorah »

Offline KimInTheForest

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Re: Help me with these viral load readings
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2015, 10:02:11 pm »
You should have access to good care in Toronto, and at a liver clinic, Jorah. Do keep us posted on what treatment is being offered to you and what you are considering. Welcome to the journey! :)

kim
Kim Goldberg (Nanaimo, BC)
1970s: Contracted HCV (genotype 3a)
2015: Cured with Harvoni + ribavirin (12 weeks)
MY STORY: https://pigsquash.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/undetectable-my-hep-c-story/

 


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