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What is a high viral load and a low viral load for hepatitis C?

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Anything over 800,000 IU/mL is usually considered high. Anything under that is low viral load. Those with low viral load have a better chance of responding to treatment.

SOURCES: Frank Anania, MD, associate professor of medicine; director, hepatology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta. Brian L. Pearlman, MD, medical director, center for hepatitis C, Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta; associate professor, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta.

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 24, 2016

SOURCES: Frank Anania, MD, associate professor of medicine; director, hepatology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta. Brian L. Pearlman, MD, medical director, center for hepatitis C, Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta; associate professor, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta.

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 24, 2016

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