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April1
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/23/2009 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, my name is Betty. I'm 46.I was diagnosed with hepatitis C last year. I'm genotype 1 and with viral load 1.36E+4 IU/ml,which I was told is low. My biopsy results are G2,S0, which again, I was told are not bad. I have decided to go through with Copegus therapy. Tomorrow it will be my 37th week (out of 48). I was tested wirus undetected in my 4th,12th and 24th week. I'd like to meet other people,who are going through this type of therapy and discuss the side effects. Beside being tired (weak) and having problems focusing I don't have any major problems with the Peginterferon&Ribavirin combination therapy. I'd like to also meet people who went through this therapy.I'm worried about the final result (6 mos after) and I'm worried about the possible comeback (?). Thank you for sharing your story with me.Betty.

hep93
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   Posted 7/23/2009 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi, Betty, and welcome back.  I know you had posted about your husband with B.  How is he doing?

What is Copegus?  Is that a typo or is that the actual name for the "combo?"  I haven't done any treatment since I was first diagnosed, when I did interferon (which is all they had at the time and I couldn't stay on it.)  That is great that you are not having a lot of sides.  I know that the success rate as far as relapse is lower than it was with interferon alone.  It's great that you have gotten as far as you have.  Keep up the good work and THINK POSITIVE!  No sense in worrying about something that hasn't happened and may not.

Hugs,

Connie


hep93
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
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April1
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   Posted 7/24/2009 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Connie. Thank you for your reply. You're right. My husband does have HBV. We new about it for many years. Last year I found out about my HCV. Connie, Copegus is Ribavirin.I meant to write Pegasys RBV, which is combination of Peginterferon alfa-2a and ribavirin. sorry about the typo. One of the side effects is lack of concentration. I find myself making many mistakes. My husband,unfortunately,refuses to go on treatment. The reason is (in his words) lack of 100% guarantee and yet difficult therapy. He wants to wait for newer and better drugs. I hope he's right. He does take care of himself (no alcohol,healthy diet,etc) but I know the virus is not sleeping. As far as I remember (we are a highschool sweethearts) he's always been constantly tired. Lately (he's 46 now) it shows even more. Other than that he doesn't complain much. Thank you for your warm welcome and encouraging words.:)
All the best.:)
Betty.

hep93
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   Posted 7/24/2009 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Betty, thanks for the explanation!  I wish you continued success with your treatment!

Hugs,

Connie


hep93
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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