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Re: hep c virse

Re: hep c virse

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Posted by thanbey on April 21, 2000 at 13:18:23:

In Reply to: hep c virse posted by wendy on April 20, 2000 at 02:48:22:

: this is new to me when is our blood count to high

Dear Wendy,

By blood count, I take you to mean when is your viral load too high.

Any amount of virus in your blood that is measurable is an indication that you have Hepatitis C.

Unlike HIV, however, a high viral load does not necessarily mean more serious disease or sever damage. The only way to know what the condition your liver is in is to have a liver biopsy. That is the test that will tell you whether or not action is required, or whether lifestyle changes (no smoking and noi alcohol intake, good nutrition, and avoiding anything toxic to the liver).

Likewise, liver enzymes (should these be what you mean) fluctuate depending on many things, so if this is what you are referring to, normal range is generally from high teens to about 50. Even higher than that is not necessarily an indication for action as they could be affected by diet and other causes.

In the majority of people, these lifestyle modifications can prevent liver damage if none has yet occurred. all decisions on whther or not to treat this disease should be made on a cost vs benefit which takes into account your particular history and lab results.

Dr. Seef at the NIH recently said at a Washington DC event that clinical trial results should not be weighed to heavily in this decision because they were conducted on highly selected people who were at low risk of making their situation worse.

Please check out the favorite links on our website to learn more about the diseae and any specific questions you might have. Also scroll down on this board. Many topics have been covered that you may have interest in.

I hope this helps,

thanbey


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