In 1978 I contracted HCV in New York via a transfusion. I'm 52 years old
with only slightly elevated ALT at 64.
I've had 3 biopsies: the first in 1997 showed stage 1 fibrosis;
the second in 1999 after combination interferon and Ribaviron treatment in
a Stanford study with 800 mg of Ribaviron (I'm 200 #s) showed only
The third, after a second unsuccessful Ribaviron Interferon treatment for 10
months in 2001 showed stage 3 fibrosis
During the first Stanford study I went into remission with no HCV detectable
by PCR. At the end I relapsed
In the second treatment, HCV RNA never disappeared completely.
Should I take Pegasys and Ribaviron? How much? Statistically, is the HCV
likely to progress