Herbal therapies have not been shown eradicate hepatitis viruses. It is rare that conventional medications have not resulted in a nondetectable viral load. Your doctor needs to do a thorough evaluation as to why these conventional medications did not work.View Thread
All oral therapies - without interferon will be available in all likelihood by the end of 2014, however, their success rate in those with cirrhosis may be decreased. Clinical studies are in progressView Thread
If you already have cirrhosis, there is not much new information that a liver biopsy will reveal, thus, I am unclear why you are getting one. I am also unclear what parameters your doctor was using to diagnosie autoimmune hepatitits, as often autoimmune markers are nonspecifically elevated in patients with HCV and this does not preclude conventional therapy. There are no natural ways to eradicate the virus from your body.View Thread
Sleep disorders are common with HCV. Narcolepsy can be treated with Nuvigel. If you were a relapser for prior HCV therapy you have almost a 90% chance of cure with new triple therapy. If you have no income of insurance there are assistance programs that will give you the medications free of charge. Also there are plently of clinical trials that provide medication and medical care free of charge.View Thread
The viral load testing in 1999 was not as accurate as it is currently. In 1999, we were still checking patients who cleared the virus on treatment for years afterwards, as we were only calling this an SVR - sustained virologic response, not a cure in 1999. We knew that there was a small approximately 1% chance of the virus returning. Was your viral load checked numerous times for years after the initial 24 weeks of treatment discontinuation? If you were genotype 2 b in 1999, unless you have cirrhosis, the standard treatment was 24 weeks not 48 weeks of combination interferon and ribavirin. I am unclear why you were treated for 48 weeks.View Thread
There is a major difference between having a low viral load and no active virus. If you have a low viral load that is confirmed with repeat testing then you have active hepatitis C and need to consider treatment options.
If you have a confirmed undetectable viral load, then you do not have chronic hepatitis C and do not need further evaluation.View Thread