Is it necessary to do genotyping to manage a person with chronic hepatitis c?

Yes. It's important because it helps guide therapy. Some of the newer drugs only treat certain genotypes, and some types are easier to treat with fewer drugs. The genotype helps guide the choice of drugs.

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Should a person with chronic hepatitis C be vaccinated against hepatitis b?

Yes. People with liver disease should be vaccinated against hepa and hepb (unless they already have hepa or hepb antibodies), to help prevent them from getting another liver disease. Read more...
Absolutely. Also against hep a too if not immune to either. There are vaccines individually and in combination. Ask your doctor. Read more...

What does it mean if a person has chronic hepatitis C and their virus load is over one million?

This is important. The hcv viral load does not predict how severe the liver damage is. It is important to determine whether virus is detected (if someone has active infection). If hcv is detected, the viral load may help determine how easy it is to cure with antiviral therapy. But people can have a viral load of several million and have no liver damage, or viral load less than 100, 000 and have cirrhosis. Read more...

What is the life expectancy of someone who was chronic hepatitis C that doesn't get treated right away?

You . Can live a full life without issues with hep c. Eat healthy exercise and avoid all liver toxins and you can keep the hepatitis dormant. So talk to your doctor about the correct lifestyle changes and the different things you can do to protect yourself. . Read more...

What are the available treatment options for chronic hepatitis c?

Antiviral medication. The medical treatment available are peg interferon, ribavirin, and protease inhibitors. Read more...
Hep C Rx. Treatment options include: Observation, Interferon and Ribaviron and direct antiviral agents (DAA's). DAA's are a group of different antiviral agents taken orally for a much shorter period of time than the other medications and will probably revolutionize the treatment of Hep C. Read more...

My wife chronic hepatitis C patient facing problem low bp, please suggest?

Go see a doctor. Er if necessary. Without knowing the extent of her hepatic damage, the meds she is receiving, the rest of her medical history, etc., cannot help you. You also do not say what her BP is or whether she is making urine. Take her to a doctor asap. Good luck and hope things work out for the better. Read more...
Difficult to say. Some people have low blood pressure and it has nothing to do with hepatitis c. They need to be evaluated for other causes. People who are on certain medications such as diuretics for abdominal fluid (ascites) can have low blood pressure but that is a complication of severe liver damage. Sounds like a good medical evaluation will be needed. Read more...

Good day, is it okay for my husband to take a medication for anti malaria? Under his condition lately he was diagnose of chronic hepatitis c...

Discuss with doctor. It would be dependent on current status of your husbands liver- versus his risk of exposure to or developing malaria. Risk versus benefits of meds given a persons full medical history and status is the best way to decide if medication will be safe. At this point more info is needed- but best to discuss your concerns with his doctor. Good luck and be well. Read more...
Need vs safety. Sorry to hear of his hepc diagnosis, but this may not cause much trouble at all (should be followed by doc). If he also has malaria, which needs to be treated. If his hepc is not significantly affecting his liver at this point, antimalarial treatment should be fine. It ALS depends on what medicine, dosage, and duration as well. It is best to consult his doc who knows his health status. Good luck. Read more...