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Author Topic: Tested Negative for HCV after 3 months of Harvoni Treatment!  (Read 3916 times)

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Offline bluesdude64

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Tested Negative for HCV after 3 months of Harvoni Treatment!
« on: August 09, 2018, 08:01:30 pm »
I just received my lab test results and they came back all clear for the HCV virus! My Doctor is scratching his head because he put me on a 24 WEEK Harvoni program and didn't really think it would work so fast.

I had absolutely NO side effects. I went through a few weeks of PEG/RIBAVIRIN treatment a few years ago, and it kicked my butt!

I am very happy! Blessings to you all.

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Re: Tested Negative for HCV after 3 months of Harvoni Treatment!
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2018, 03:40:32 am »
I am so happy to hear the wonderful result of your treatment!

I have known a researcher (studied effect of Harvoni) from my original country and he did say to me that "Harvoni does its job really big time in the first 2 weeks." (And I found lots of evidence that confirms the way HA works)

I spoke with this person 2 weeks into my treatment (I was very scared, tired and depressed). He said "Been on med for 2 weeks by now? Then it is likely that most of the virus are gone by now." It was a wake up call for me because inside of me had believed that the hep c thing would be a never ending struggle but now that the idea of "viruses being gone" suddenly became a reality to me.

So hang in there! It may look very long to reach the last pill, but it WILL come! SW

Offline Lynn K

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Re: Tested Negative for HCV after 3 months of Harvoni Treatment!
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2018, 12:24:05 pm »
Congrats on your good news on treatment. I guess your doctor may be new to these new DAA treatment regimens.

All patients are either not detected or a few are very weakly detected very early in treatment at the 4 weeks on treatment test. The test that says you are cured is the 12 week post treatment test. For most patients cure rates while very good are not 100% depending on prior treatment history and amount of pre existing liver damage. Almost everyone is not detected on treatment but a few do relapse when retested 12 weeks after treatment has ended.

I was not detected after 4 weeks of Sovaldi Olysio and at EOT (end of treatment) 12 weeks. However, when retested 12 weeks later I was found to have relapsed.

I started treatment again a few weeks after Harvoni was first approved. Because of my prior treatment history and having cirrhosis we went with Harvoni and ribavirin for 24 weeks. I was not detected at four weeks on treatment and again at EOT. But this time the treatment worked and when tested at 12 weeks, 6 months and one year post treatment I remain hep c free. I was finally cured after 37 years of infection and five treatments.

Good luck with the rest of your treatment I am confident you will have great results and be not detected on your post treatment tests.
Genotype 1a
1978 contracted, 1990 Dx
1995 Intron A failed
2001 Interferon Riba null response
2003 Pegintron Riba trial med null response
2008 F4 Cirrhosis Bx
2014 12 week Sov/Oly relapse
10/14 fibroscan 27 PLT 96
2014 24 weeks Harvoni 15 weeks Riba
5/4/15 EOT not detected, ALT 21, AST 20
4 week post not detected, ALT 26, AST 28
12 week post NOT DETECTED (07/27/15)
ALT 29, AST 27 PLT 92
24 week post NOT DETECTED! (10/19/15)
44 weeks (3/11/16)  fibroscan 33, PLT 111, HCV NOT DETECTED!

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Re: Tested Negative for HCV after 3 months of Harvoni Treatment!
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2018, 03:58:09 pm »
Thank you so much!


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