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

Not very high. The log value of 3.93 is another way of expressing 8, 590. It stands for 10 to the 3.93 power. !0 to the 3rd power is 1, 000, 10 to the 4th 10, 000, etc. With hep c we frequently see log values of well over 6 or 7 (1, 000, 000-10, 000, 000) copies so in comparison 8, 590 is low. It still is too much however, and you should talk with your physician about the many treatments which are now available. Read more...
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...

I have Hep C with a very high viral load and would like to participate in the new drug trials. I'm concerned due to depression. How do I apply?

This PDF may help. I would suggest you check out this PDF, "Guide to Clinical Trials for People with Hepatitis C". If there is a large teaching medical center in your area, that would be a good place to start as well. Read more...
Treatment. There are two new drugs currently available for hep C. These are very very effective. If you have depression, you can be treated with these oral medications without interferon (needle). Please talk to your gastroenterologist/hepatologist about various combination options. Read more...

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...

My daughter is a beta thalassaemia major patient & taking regular blood transfusion for 10 yrs. Now she has hep c type 4 &viral load is 133964. Cure?

B-thalassemia-hep. First of all I am sorry about your daughter's condition. As you know, unfortunately there is nothing to cure beta thal major -besides an allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. Now, with the hepatitis c- the situation will be way tougher for your daughter to deal with. She definitely needs to be seen by a hepatologist and see if she is able to get any therapy for hep c- if she can tolerate it. Read more...
Don't rush. Young people tend to have fairly slow progression of liver damage wit hepatitis c. The pace of new drug development over the next 5-10 years will transform this disease. Get informed. Follow sophisticated websites like natap.Org for the latest clinical trial data. Today, treatment of hcv in people like your child is complicated, but we will have easier to tolerate regimens in genotype 4 in 2-4 y. Read more...