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Re: viral load and antibodies

Re: viral load and antibodies

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Posted by teala on July 13, 2000 at 10:40:26:

In Reply to: Re: viral load and antibodies posted by thanbey on June 27, 2000 at 13:04:46:

: : If I have a low viral load, what does that mean? I've asked the Dr., but he's not clear and get annoyed with me. Should I use interfeuron alone, or with the ribiviron? Maybe I should wait for the new drug I heard about that just got tested....
: : Please e-mail me, I'm so confused!!!

: Dear Chrisitine,

: Antibodies are manufactrued by the body to fight off invaders. It takes about six months before antibodies will show up in a test for HCV. It means you have been exposed and that the body mounted a defense, leaving antibodies in your system.

: When a viral load is detected, it means you have passed from the acute phase of the illness ( the body fighting off the illness and making antibodies) into the chronic phase where the virus is replicating itself and there is evidence of DNA.
: The PCR test measures the DNA and confirms that you have the disease. The disease can be resolved in the acture phase, but rarely in the chronic phase.

: As to treatment, this will depend largely on your medical circumstances, biopsy results and on whether or not you feel that the current treatments are worth the risks they may pose.

: I would seek the advice of a knowledgeable doctor who specializes in gastroenterology and who sees HCV patients on a regular basis.

: You and your doctor can review the options availalbe to you once your have all your test results.

: If you decide to undergo treatment, this can be planned out carefully. this is a slow moving disease and for most people treatment can be postponed until better treatments are availalbe or financial, work, or family considerations are more favorable.

: Do not drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes, eat well and excercise moderately. Get lots of sleep.

: I hope this helps,

: thanbey


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