Aa
A
A
Close
1797925 tn?1341099804
viral loads
I am not in treatment as of yet, but I was wondering is it possible for  viral loads to go down without any treatment?  I have my next appointment this Tuesday and was wondering if I should ask for another VL assessment???  Thoughts anyone?
Cancel
5 Answers
Page 1 of 1
1768199 tn?1323621536
My viral loads have fluctuated but I got them done once a year.  Usually I was between 200,000 and 800,000 but there was one time when I was below the limit of detection.  

When was your last viral load determined and why do you want it repeated?

Sherry
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
1797925 tn?1341099804
My ONLY VL was done on 9/13/11 and came back at 466,000.  But my ALT and AST levels were down from a previous blood test.  My genotype is 3a.  And I am just trying to figure out what all this means so I can make a semi-informed judgment if treatment is suggested.  Thanks for your input!
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
1797925 tn?1341099804
I forgot to ask you if you are having treatment.  I just wanted to know if it is possible for the VL to decrease without any SOC care?
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
Viral loads fluctuate all the time, as do the liver enzymes(ALT& AST).  
.There is no correlation between viral load and the amount of damage happening ,or not happening to your liver  and should have no bearing on treatment desicions.
The desicion on when to treat it best made on the info you receive on the amount of damage  your liver  has currently.

Best
Will
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
446474 tn?1446351282
Yes, it common for viral loads to go down and up over time. The point is, it doesn't matter if the viral load goes down or up. If you have any viral load it indicates that you are chronically infected with the hepatitis C. You can't be have pregnant. Either you are infected or you are not. Unless to treat the illness and eliminate completely your viral load you will remain infected for the rest of your life with all the consequences of having hepatitis C for decades. Your Viral load is no indication of the amount of liver damage that the virus may have caused your liver.

What the viral load is used for.
A viral load is commonly taken before treatment to act as a baseline and then periodically during treatment to see who a person is responding to treatment.

You may want to educate yourself on the basics of hepatitis C so you will understand the nature of the illness and the consequences it can have on your life. There are many good websites that have factual data of this disease such as the CDC, Medicinenet, WebMd, HCVadvocate, Mayoclinic and of course this forum.

Good luck.
Hector
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Submit Answer
A
A
Recent Activity
317787 tn?1472134636
Blank
Dee1956 commented on Dee1956's status
14 hrs ago
317787 tn?1472134636
Blank
Dee1956 commented on Jade59's status
15 hrs ago
317787 tn?1472134636
Blank
Dee1956 commented on spider6's status
18 hrs ago
Blank
Weight Tracker
Track your weight over time
Start Tracking Now
Top Hepatitis Answerers
317787 tn?1472134636
Blank
DC
163305 tn?1333672171
Blank
Rural Mural, CA
446474 tn?1446351282
Blank
San Francisco, CA
Avatar universal
Blank
1747881 tn?1358189534
Blank
Greeley, CO
2059648 tn?1439770265
Blank
Hepatitis C Community Resources