I have Hep C and my doctor told me about this new drug ,Sovaldi. I've had Hep C for over 20 years with no liver damage ect. I'm known as a carrier and classified as 1A and I'm 59 years old. I was wondering if it was worth doing this drug at my age and don't have any problems with the Hep except fatigue. I'm also afraid it may some how activate the Hep C. If anyone can give me any information I'd really appreciate it.
Sovaldi has a great cure rate. If you have no other damage, I don not know since it is a personal choice. For me I have a type 3b and have had Hep C for at least 20 years. I am having amazing results and you should have your viral load checked since some people clear the virus on their own. My viral load has gone from over 4mil to undetected in 8 weeks. The side effects are the fatigue and some depression, nothing crazy though. I go to a Digestive Health professional and was able to get a coupon from Gilead, and with my insurance min cost. I only do Ribivarin in conjunction with the Solvaldi and I would do it again in a heart beat.
By 'carrier' do you mean PCR positive and no viral load (no detectable active virus)? or PCR positive with a low viral load and low activity?
If it is the second case. Go for it. Getting the big SVR will be a weight off your mind and you will have a virtually completely normal lifespan. It won't aggravate your Hepatitis and many people end treatment with improved liver function as it has been given a rest for a while. Once HCV free (or SVR) the ongoing damage caused by the virus will stop and regeneration will occur giving you your energy back.
If you mean my first question, my understanding is that you will test positive for antibodies but have no active virus which would mean you could not infect others. Treatment in this case would be pointless even with a SVR you will always have the antibodies I believe. People who clear the virus spontaneously after infection don't remain infectious.
You can read about Sovaldi here with a few useful links to read:
And the inevitable question:
Good luck with it all.
- Sovaldi Information for Consumers
- Sovaldi Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Sovaldi (detailed)
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