I have understood the information this way:
These are new and very promising treatments. Many many folks during the trials have cleared the virus and remain cleared. It looks like the new day of antiviral treatments is working.
After week 3 of Sovaldi/Olysio Mike was <15 Detected.
After week 4 of Sovaldi/Olysio Mike was <15 Undetected.
We just had the 8 weeks labs and it continues < 15 Undetected.
The lab results are as robust as they can be at this time. Maybe some day they will have a test that truly shows a ZERO result. For now, the best they can do is 15 in our lab, I guess 12 in your lab. And they can either detect or not detect the virus. We were not happy with < 15 Detected, because the gosh darn virus was still THERE somehow. But now, with 2 Undetected readings we are breathing more easily.
HOWEVER, though we have had discussion on this forum before about
what CURED means, I remain cautiously optimistic. One can be CURED of various cancers and can relaps. I figure the proof will be in the 6 month and then period rechecks. After a few years, maybe I'll settle into believing it will never come back.
Mike has the burden of knowing that after his transplant, 3 years went by without the new meds (he tried for trials, but was not chosen) and his Fibrosis Scan showed F3 Fibrosis...no cirrhosis yet, that would be F4. So his nice new liver is damaged. He will still be at risk for various liver disease complications I fear.
He is feeling welll. His AST/ALT's were 15/15 this past week. The best since 8th grade I bet!
His mental status is better than in 10 years. He is talking about
going back to work at least part time!
So, cautiously optimistic is our state of mind.
Sorry I can't be more difinitive from what I am reading.
For all we know, each of the patients who were first in their... clinic, city, town, state, province... on these new drugs will grow a big green horn on the tip of their nose in 5 years. I don't care. Goodbye Hep C...for now, or forever...we will deal with what comes.
MamaLama, Forum moderator - Hepatitis
Partner received liver transplant May 1, 2011, FL
Began Hep C Treatment: Sovaldi/Olysio March 3, 2014
Beginning Viral Load = 3,700,000
Week 1 Viral Load = 302
Week 4 Viral Load = <15 Undetected
Post Edited (MamaLama) : 5/15/2014 11:52:48 AM (GMT-6)