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"Does interferon cure hepatitis C?"
What are the myths and facts of interferon for hepatitis C? does it cure the virus compeltly and you cant tramsmit it to another person or does it justlay dormiant
I recommend that you discuss your concern further with a gastroenterologist. Interferon has been the mainstay of the treatment for hepatitis C for many years. The good news is that this is changing rapidly as newer, more effective, medications with less side effects are coming into market as we speak. When somebody acquires the hepatitis C virus, there is usually a 50% chance that the person will clear the virus on their own. When they don't, then they develop a chronic infection and could need treatment. Transmission of the hepatitis C virus depends on a variety of factors. The most common means of transmission is direct blood to blood contact which in these days most often occurs by sharing needles. However, those that needed blood transfusions back in the 70s and 80s were susceptible to infection by infected blood. It can be sexually transmitted as well, though this is very rare. Interferon is able to cure the virus completely in some cases, though not in others. The virus does not lay dormant per se. The interferon either cures it and the body rids itself of the virus entirely, or it doesn't and the virus remains active to a certain extent. After that, it cannot be transmitted, if cleared. For this problem, I would suggest that you schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist. This is the best type of physician at this time who knows about the treatment for hepatitis C especially the cutting edge more recent medications.
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