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Am I cured ?

I went for my HCVRNA test 6 months after my last shot of Pegasys and it came out negative.Does it means that I'm cured ?
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SVR = UND 6 Months post tx end.  That is great news.  Congrats!

I've read that some do another test at 2 yrs post tx, just to be sure.  
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SVR is considered a cure, if that's what you're asking.  I still do yearly tests, when I get my physical.  They are always negative.  They aren't really necessary though.
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That is such a relief.I would like to thank each one of you for giving me hope and showing me the way when I was feeling down and out.Thx a lot guys :)
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It is considered a cure if you have negative at 6months. Awesome...congrats !!!
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Congratulations on the negative 6 month PCR ! Great news : ) !

For what it is worth .. there is still a very small chance of what is called a "late relapse" , occurring after 6 months EOT (end of Tx) ..... It only affects a very small group,  apx. 1.5% of patients , it is documented occurrence and ...  for my thinking ... I would continue to do a PCR test at the 1 year eot , and as alagirl points out .. she does yearly tests ... so do friends of mine that have cleared years ago ... and i will also ... if I get a svr .... better to be safe than sorry .. imo

Congratulations again !
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Before anyone chastises me for my views on using the term "cured" at the 6 month PCR being Und ..

Maybe read some studies like the following :

How sustained is sustained viral response in patients with hepatitis C infection?
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20803820

Conclusions:
SVR is durable in most patients, but some patients do have late relapse; long term follow up may be particularly important in a subset of patients with HCV infection who have liver cirrhosis.
Long-term follow-up of chronic hepatitis C patients with sustained virological response to various forms of interferon-based anti-viral therapy.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16441471

Conclusions : No recurrence of HCV infection was seen in any patient. Thus, long-term prognosis in chronic hepatitis C patients with a sustained virological response to therapy with pegylated interferon +/- ribavirin is promising, but long-term studies need to continue.

The important words here are :
" patients with a sustained virological response to therapy with pegylated interferon +/- ribavirin is promising, but long-term studies need to continue."

They use the word - "Promising" , they do not state - Conclusive .... only 187 patients were followed for 29 months in this study

Relapse of hepatitis C in a pegylated-interferon-alpha-2b plus ribavirin-treated sustained virological responder.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20618461


Sustained virological response to pegylated interferon and ribavirin is maintained during long-term follow-up of chronic hepatitis C patients.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19925499

Conclusions :
Sustained virological response to PEG-IFN and ribavirin is maintained in 99% of patients during long-term follow-up. Late virological relapse occurred within 1 year after SVR and, from a clinical perspective, patients can be considered cured of infection after this period.
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Congratulations on your SVR, wonderful news!
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1418633_tn?1314550345
Thx Again :)
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