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After treatment 6 years 5 months ago #3770

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After treatment will I still test positive for hepc even though I have no VL? Was thinking about getting some life insurance and I'm pretty sure they do blood work. And I'm sure if I test positive I won't be able to get it or the rate will be crazy.
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After treatment 6 years 5 months ago #3778

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Hmmm....not sure. I do know:

- we get taken off the notifiable diseases list
- we still can't donate blood or organs I think because we still have antibodies
- you can sign up to body bequest programmes whether you're hep c + or not (technically you can't if you're positive but they don't actually care). Saves on funerals! I'm gonna end up in a big vat of formaldehyde at the University of Tasmania. :lol:
Huon Valley, Tasmania
Hep C+ since 1980s
Genotype 1b
F3/4
VL 480,000
Started Indian Sof and Riba, BMS Dac (comp access) 28 August 2015
UND at 4 weeks
Finished treatment 19 November 2015
12 February 2016 UND SVR12
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After treatment 6 years 5 months ago #3779

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Yes, you will still test positive for some years, however you could insist it is a false positive and ask for a viral load...

See the GP Cheat Sheet fixhepc.com/forum/forum-gp-cheat-sheet.html

Hep C Ab Levels

Hep C Ab levels fall over time but patients who have been cured will continue to test positive for Hep C for years.

Sustained virological response is associated with clearance of hepatitis C virus RNA and a decrease in hepatitis C virus antibody.
YMMV
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After treatment 6 years 5 months ago #3780

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Same here Chester and so are my friends. Our great contribution to mankind. As long as the body isn't sold onto commercial interests.
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After treatment 6 years 5 months ago #3785

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I would so like to be an organ donor, I don't understand why we can't if we've cleared the virus.
What's wrong with having anti bodies? they can't cause HCV, can they?
I don't understand.
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J the young dragon slayer is:
HepC 1a since birth
Male aged 15
VL 2000000
Started Twinvir/ 10-11-15-then Sof/led.
NO sides so far !
after one week VL : 37
after 4 wks VL : UND !
EOT 2/2/16 UND.!
4 wks. post tx results....pending....
7/3/16 VL result : 4 week post tx: SVR !
12 weeks SVR !
24 wks SVR yeeaa!!
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After treatment 6 years 5 months ago #3794

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CJ wrote:
I would so like to be an organ donor, I don't understand why we can't if we've cleared the virus.
What's wrong with having anti bodies? they can't cause HCV, can they?
I don't understand.
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While the antibodies can't cause HCV, there is no 100% guarantee that you are free of the virus even if you are SVR for a long period. If someone did get infected after accepting tissue from a cured HCV patient, they could conceivably sue on this basis. Even if they had contracted the disease some other way, there would be doubt about that tissue.

What you consider to be "cleared" is probably very different from a medico-legal perspective.

As a result, it is likely simpler to forbid anyone carrying the antibodies from donating any tissue at all.
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After treatment 6 years 5 months ago #3803

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Chester wrote:
- you can sign up to body bequest programmes whether you're hep c + or not (technically you can't if you're positive but they don't actually care). Saves on funerals! I'm gonna end up in a big vat of formaldehyde at the University of Tasmania. :lol:

Good to hear they don't really care Chester - I am signed up at a Gold Coast uni. Thought it a bit premature to disclose HCV as I was hoping for a cure (& got it!) but they made it clear they don't accept positive peeps. Might just slide into that vat undetected.
NSW Australia. Genotype 1b 30+ years, F0-F1, VL 91,000 Feb 2015 (740,000 in 2010), Tx naive.
Ordered Sof/Dac from Buyers Club 21 Sept, received 14 Oct.
Virus UNDETECTED at 3 weeks AND 12 weeks (EOT) AND SVR4 AND SVR12 AND SVR24. :-)
A thousand thankyous to Dr James and the amazing FixHepC team.
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After treatment 6 years 5 months ago #3814

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Thanks BB, didn't realise that.
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J the young dragon slayer is:
HepC 1a since birth
Male aged 15
VL 2000000
Started Twinvir/ 10-11-15-then Sof/led.
NO sides so far !
after one week VL : 37
after 4 wks VL : UND !
EOT 2/2/16 UND.!
4 wks. post tx results....pending....
7/3/16 VL result : 4 week post tx: SVR !
12 weeks SVR !
24 wks SVR yeeaa!!
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After treatment 6 years 5 months ago #4308

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spook77 wrote:
After treatment will I still test positive for hepc even though I have no VL? Was thinking about getting some life insurance and I'm pretty sure they do blood work. And I'm sure if I test positive I won't be able to get it or the rate will be crazy.

Apart from the no questions asked default life insurance on my super, I'm insured with Virgin Life
You need to be with them for 7 years before they will pay out a hep c related death
So get in while your healthy lol - no other insurer would touch me

I'm 52 next week insured for $231,000 and my premium is $89 per month

As I remember though, all insurers only asked if I was HIV or Hepc pos
But I would check though because they will find any way possible to wriggle out of paying a claim
52 y.o. G3a for about 30 years
Previous tx 2004 interferon/ ribavarin
2004: ALT 624 AST 263

Pre tx test 23/10/15: ALT 153 AST 128 VL 11 849 493
6/11/15: Sof/ dac started
26/11/15: ALT 41 AST 41
7/12/15: ALT 36 AST 30 Virus undetected

2004 biopsy F3
Fibroscan appt Jan 11 2016.
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