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What is the difference between hepatitis C viral load and hepetitis c genotype?

What is the difference between hepatitis C viral load and hepetitis c genotype?

Numbers and type: Viral load refers to how many viral molecules can be detected in the blood. It gives an idea about how active the virus is and can be used to monitor response to therapy. Genotype refers to a test that can identify subtypes of hep c. Certain genotypes are more likely to respond to a given therapy, so this information can be useful in deciding in what treatment, if any, would be best. ...Read more

Dr. Camilla Graham
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Hepatitis C (Definition)

Hepatitis c is a virus that replicates (makes copies of itself) in the human liver. People can be infected by exposure to even very small amounts of blood. Over 20 to 40 years it can cause scarring of the liver, and severe scarring is called cirrhosis. People can be tested for exposure with an antibody test. If that is positive, they need a test for the virus itself ...Read more


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How concerning is a viral load of 57, 000 if you have hep c?

How concerning is a viral load of 57, 000 if you have hep c?

Good prognosis: That is a relatively low viral load for hepatitis c (if you are not on therapy). It indicates you are more likely to get rid of the virus with current antiviral therapies available. ...Read more

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Is a viral load of 8590 iu/ml high low the hep c log value was 3.93?

Depends on context: If this viral load is after starting treatment for hepatitis c, it could be considered high. If it is without any anti-hepatitis c treatment, then it is a very low value. In that case, it would be easier to treat once ready. I would wonder about acute hepatitis c and if this reflects the body begining to clear the hepatitis c. ...Read more

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My sister has hep c genotype 1. Just got it her viral load is very low. What are some holistic things she could do to keep it low?

My sister has hep c genotype 1. Just got it her viral load is very low. What are some holistic things she could do to keep it low?

No alcohol: Avoid any alcohol and avoid getting coinfected with hiv. The immune system works to control the virus so avoiding stress, eating healthy and no tobacco or any drugs may also help. Low viral loads should help lead to higher cure rates with antiviral treatment when she is ready. Low viral load does not predict slower rate of scarring (fibrosis). ...Read more

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Hep c tested yesterday for routine matters. Came back + low levels detected possible false +. Did viral load and repeat hep c ab twice both neg. ?

Hep C testing: If your first test for Hep C was positive, then you had 2 negative tests- it's quite likely the first test was a 'false positive'. If you were infected, the antibody should be positive. PCR testing can be 'false positive' if there is a small amount of contamination when the lab test is run. Hopefully your doctor can take the time to explain - or you can upload the lab tests here for more review. ...Read more

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If you have a low viral load for hep c can that number increase over time? Do you need to take the same precautions as someone with a higher load?

If you have a low viral load for hep c can that number increase over time?  Do you need to take the same precautions as someone with a higher load?

If you have...: ...detectable hepatitis C virus, regardless if the viral load is 100 IU/ml or 25 million IU/ml, you have active infection and are infectious. Please, PLEASE respect others and take appropriate precautions to avoid transmission. Also, get treated--there are amazingly good, all oral, options available today with phenomenal cure rates after only a few weeks of therapy. ...Read more

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What precautions would someone with hep c need to take. Are the precautions the same for those with a low viral load and those with a high viral load?

Same precautions: Hep C is transmitted by blood contamination only usually through needle sticks. There is some risk with shared toothbrushes where blood contamination can occur. Intranasal cocaine use amongst infected persons can also transmit. Sexual transmission is rare but can occur. This would be the only situation where high viral load may play a role. Get treated and get rid of the Hep C. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses--most commonly hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C--or by toxins such as alcohol. With hepatitis, the liver will swell and not work properly, failing to rid the ...Read more


Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Hep C (Definition)

A viral infection that effects the liver that can result in chronic disease, liver failure, and ...Read more