HEPATITIS C VIRUS-VIRAL LOAD (QUANTITATIVE)
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What is HCV Quantitative?
Viral load is the wide variety of virus particles existing in the blood. The Hepatitis-C Virus-Viral Load, test is carried out to diagnose, or observe treatment of a Hepatitis C virus infection.
Why is HCV Quantitative performed?
To observe the response to treatment.
To become aware of recurrence of disease.
Low and high viral load
With some other infections, having a higher viral load implies a greater degree of disease, but that is not the case with hepatitis C. Your viral load has no connection on how sick you are or the level of liver damage you have now or in the future.
However, viral load is an essential sign of how properly therapy is likely to work. The lower your viral load, the more probable it is that your treatment will be successful.
Breaking down the numbers
A viral load of less than 615 IU/mL (international units per milliliter) implies there’s no detectable hepatitis C virus or it’s too low to be detected. Additionally, a viral load of more than 800,000 IU/mL is high, and much less than 800,000 IU/mL is low. During treatment, a falling viral load is a sign that medication is succeeding.
At the end of the scheduled treatment plan (generally 8 to 12 weeks), an undetectable viral load implies that therapy can be stopped. After that, viral load examination can alert you to a relapse.
How frequently do I need a viral load test?
Understanding the specifics of your viral load is necessary at the time of diagnosis. Once you commence treatment, follow-up testing and examination will let your medical doctor understand if the present treatment is effective.
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