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my name is prem age 26. since 2009 to 2011 i am in dialysis. in dialysis i am infected by hcv +. before going to transplant i am taking interferon treatment for hcv for 24 weeks. the hcv quantitative value is normal. and my LFT test is also normal. iam eligible for marry ? - Asked by P G on 07-Dec-2013 11:21:54

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  • Public Health

    Answered by Dr. Samuel Rajkumar Pilli on 07-Dec-2013 11:42:41

    I advise you to first complete the 24 weeks treatment. I hope they are giving combination treatment i.e. pegylated interferon with ribavirin. you have a good chance of a cure. your blood(serum) should not contain HCV RNA after completion of treatment. Please consult a good gastroenterologist/hepatologist for specific advice.
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    Answered by Dr. Suneel Vallabhaneni on 09-Dec-2013 03:37:53

    You have to have sustained virological response (SVR)i.e your blood HCV RNA has to be negative on long term surveillance that is after 24 wks of treatment. Only in this scenario the chances of sexual transmission is very minimal or else there is a significant risk of transmission through sex. In any case partner needs to be informed about the risks after you talk to your Infectious disease doctor or gastroenterologist before you enter into marital/sexual relationship. If SVR is achieved on periodic surveillance after 24 wks of treatment, cure rates do approach 99 %. Cure rate also depends on the genotype of the virus you are carrying. Type 2 and type 3 viruses have better cute rates almost approaching 80% compared to type 1 (50 to 60 % cure rates) with the medications mentioned above by Dr. Samuel.
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