for Veterans and the Public
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How often is treatment successful?
Response rate mostly depends on viral genotype. The virus cannot be found in the blood six months after treatment for70-80% of patients with genotype 2 or 3. For these people, therapy is given for 6 months. In patients with genotype 1, treatment is given for a full year. These patients have a 42-46% chance of getting rid of the virus.
Other factors that affect the success of treatment:
- How much virus there is in the blood
- Scarring in the liver (cirrhosis)
- Infection with HIV at the same time
- Blood and liver iron levels
- Sex, race, and body weight
- Age at infection
- Length of infection