Aa
A
A
Close
184420 tn?1326743408

Viral Load

is about 600,000...

isnt this somewaht low ?  im guessing thats a good thing but what does it mean if your viral load is low?  does it mean your virus is not very strong or somethign?  most of the posts i see around here are viral loads in the millions
Read more
Cancel
Follow
Upvote - 0
5 Answers
Page 1 of 1
630100 tn?1222460107
Hey there.

I am sort of new here, so I won't try and throw a bunch of facts at you, since there are plenty of people here that can do it better than I can.
However, I have a viral load of 500,000, so we are almost identical.

When I asked my specialist what that load was in terms of severity, he said that it was very middle of the road. He said it was significant, but not high, which they would consider starting around 800,000

Here's a small def:
Viral load is a measure of the severity of a viral infection, and can be calculated by estimating the amount of virus in an involved body fluid. For example, it can be given in RNA copies per milliliter of blood plasma.

I'm sure others will give you more detail and info to your specific questions/concerns
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
400,000 or below is considered low in terms of how it can effect your chances of SVR.  A viral load of 400,000 or below gives a better chance or reaching SVR.  No, it doesn't mean the virus is any less strong, and viral loads can change over short periods of time.  My doctor had indicated than anything over 400,000 was considered a higher viral load but on another post yesterday it was brought to my attention that viral loads are broken down in different classifications as follows.  If treatment is an option, you have the same chance of clearing the virus with a viral load of 1,000,000 as you do with 10,000,000.

below 200.000
very low
below detection limit of bDNA test

200,000-1,000,000
low
  

1,000,000-5,000,000
medium
average viral load at 3,200,000 eq/ml

5,000,000-25,000,000
high
  

above 25,000,000
very high
  

  












  





  

Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
184420 tn?1326743408
ok thanks much for the info...but does having a low viral load mean the virus is doing less damage to my liver than someone with a high viral load?

im just trying to think positive here

haaaaa
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
Unfortunately, no
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
184420 tn?1326743408
ahh boooooooo

i hate this ******* disease...
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Do you know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Answer
Post Answer
A
A
Answer a few simple questions about your Hep C treatment journey.

Those who qualify may receive up to $100 for their time.
Explore More In Our Hep C Learning Center
image description
What Is Hepatitis C?
Learn about this treatable virus.
image description
Diagnosing Hepatitis C
Getting tested for this viral infection.
image description
Just Diagnosed? Here’s What’s Next
3 key steps to getting on treatment.
image description
Understanding Hepatitis C Treatment
4 steps to getting on therapy.
image description
Your Guide to Hep C Treatments
What you need to know about Hep C drugs.
image description
Managing Side Effects of Treatment
How the drugs might affect you.
image description
Making Hep C Treatment a Success
These tips may up your chances of a cure.
Recent Activity
Avatar universal
Blank
mikesimon commented on susan400's status
Feb 23
Avatar universal
Blank
susan400 12 wks done! waiting for w... Comment
Feb 22
148588 tn?1465782409
Blank
desrt “It was a bright cold day i... Comment
Feb 21
Hepatitis C Community Resources