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Re: [GIWorld-Hepatitis] When is infection considered chronic?

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  • avansi7465
    Hi Pam, Welcome! Alley seems to have answered much better than I could have. I will reiterate one thing. If I were you, I d get a referral to a GI or Hep C
    Message 1 of 3 , May 23, 2006
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      Hi Pam,

      Welcome! Alley seems to have answered much better than I could have.

      I will reiterate one thing. If I were you, I'd get a referral to a GI or Hep C physician and have a liver biopsy done. Then you'll have a better understanding of where you are physically and what can be done about it.

      I seem to be in a sort of stasis at this point. While I still have active HCV, my liver is regenerating on it's own steam. So, in order to keep that regeration going, I'm avoiding any more treatment. No point in stopping the blessing God gave me by shutting down my immune system.

      Take care,
      Anne

      -----Original Message-----
      >From: daxaeon <aeondax@...>
      >Sent: May 21, 2006 4:04 PM
      >To: GIWorld-Hepatitis@yahoogroups.com
      >Subject: [GIWorld-Hepatitis] When is infection considered chronic?
      >
      >Hi!
      >I've been reading the posts for a while, and would like to ask a question.
      >
      >I'm 61 years old and positive for anti-HCV and anti-HBV. I was treated
      >for a bad case of Hep B in the early 1970's. They had not identified
      >HCV at that time.
      >
      >My questions arose upon reading the following in a recent digest:
      >
      >"The Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES
      >III), conducted between 1988 and 1994, indicated that 1.8% of people
      >in the United States had been infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV),
      >70% of whom had chronic infection."
      >
      >What determines the difference between "infected" and "chronic?"
      >
      >Also, I wonder how often I should have ALT tested, and how far off the
      >normal range it needs to be before I get concerned.
      >
      >I have had my current PCP for over a year. I told him I tested
      >positive for both Hep B & C a couple years ago, and that I got B from
      >IV drug use 35 years ago, but he doesn't think anything in particular
      >needs to be done about that. He is an internal medicine specialist
      >with my Humana Medicare HMO.
      >
      >Any guidance you might provide would be appreciated.
      >
      >Thanks,
      >Pam in San Antonio, Texas
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