... On 2/17/14 Down to HCV RNA Detected Less Than 15 iu/ml. On 3/26/15 If I'm ot mistaken the cobas ampliprep/cobas taqman hcv test Ver. 2.0 can't count anything below 16 meaning that I have less than 15 copies in my blood. Since it's been five days since I took the blood test it might be safe to say that the virus could be gone by now. I should be extremely excited by this. But after treating 1x time on the 3x shot a week of Interferon and Riba and two more tx's of the 1x shot a week on the Pegintron/Riba, once for 52 weeks and the third tx lasting almost two years and going negative after the first 2 to 4 weeks on all of them and then showing positive after the first two weeks off tx, I just can't seem to get that excited. Has anyone else gone through the same thing of doing three tx's and failing all after the tx's were done, Then after doing Harvoni for twelve weeks stayed negative after the tx was completed? I'm just curious and looking for a reason to get somewhat excited. If anyone else has gone through somethinmg similar, I'd like to hear about it. Thanks
I too am skeptical cause I did the ribaviron and interferon treatment but after going through hell, I didn't respond. Last night was my last Harvoni for the 12 week treatment. I had blood work after my first month and it showed undetected. You think I would be running to get my blood work done today but I'm going to wait until Monday. I figure, let me be off the pill 5 days and see if anything changes. Then if im still undetected, I have to wait another 3 months to hopefully be free of hepc. I'm pretty sure that Harvoni hasn't been out long enough for us to know the response for the 3 month follow up. I'm trying to stay positive though and blessed that we have this opportunity.
In 2007 I, too went through the interferon & ribaviran therapy for 11 months along with ProCrit injections. I was crushed when six weeks after stopping this regimen-- described by my Gastroenterologist as "grueling"-- my viral load was again detectable.
I was not strong enough to repeat the I/R therapy but, I am now on my third week of Harvoni and the side effects are minimal.
I am also having trouble being excited about the outcome but I try to keep in mind the statictical data. I know this doesn't answer your question but, please remember there are many of us in this boat and most are becoming SVR/12 and then SVR/24!
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