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What is SVR for hepatitis C?

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SVR stands for sustained virologic response. It means that 12 weeks or more after you stop treatment for hepatitis C, tests can’t find the virus in your blood.

At that point, the virus is very unlikely to return. This is the goal of treatment for hepatitis C.

In 99% of cases, you'll stay free of the virus for the rest of your life. You can’t pass the virus on to other people. You still can’t give blood, though. Some doctors might test for hep C one more time, 6-12 months after you reach SVR. But for the most part, you're cured.

Your doctor may continue to watch your liver damage and function, especially if your hepatitis was far along or if you have other serious health issues.

You can also reinfect yourself with hep C.

SOURCES:

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases: "Initial Treatment of Adults with HCV Infection," "HCV Guidance: Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and Treating Hepatitis C."

CDC: "Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for Health Professionals," "Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for the Public."

Infohep.org: "Hepatitis C treatment factsheet: Harvoni (sofosbuvir + ledipasvir)."

Hepatitis C Online: "Goals and Benefits with HCV Treatment," "Ledipasvir-Sofosbuvir (Harvoni)."

Merck Manual: "Overview of Chronic Hepatitis."

The Hepatitis Trust: "Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Diagnostics Fact Sheet," "Genotypes of hepatitis C," "Harvoni."

Treatment Action Group: "Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Diagnostics Fact Sheet," "Harvoni Fact Sheet."

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy: "Transferability of Economic

Evaluation Studies: Is There a Generally Accepted Alternative Price Benchmark to the WAC Price?"

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "FAQs about Sustained Virologic Response to

Treatment for Hepatitis C," "Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease," "Chronic Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Infection: Treatment Considerations."

Federal Bureau of Prisons: "Evaluation and management of chronic hepatitis c virus (HCV) infection."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 29, 2020

SOURCES:

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases: "Initial Treatment of Adults with HCV Infection," "HCV Guidance: Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and Treating Hepatitis C."

CDC: "Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for Health Professionals," "Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for the Public."

Infohep.org: "Hepatitis C treatment factsheet: Harvoni (sofosbuvir + ledipasvir)."

Hepatitis C Online: "Goals and Benefits with HCV Treatment," "Ledipasvir-Sofosbuvir (Harvoni)."

Merck Manual: "Overview of Chronic Hepatitis."

The Hepatitis Trust: "Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Diagnostics Fact Sheet," "Genotypes of hepatitis C," "Harvoni."

Treatment Action Group: "Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Diagnostics Fact Sheet," "Harvoni Fact Sheet."

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy: "Transferability of Economic

Evaluation Studies: Is There a Generally Accepted Alternative Price Benchmark to the WAC Price?"

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: "FAQs about Sustained Virologic Response to

Treatment for Hepatitis C," "Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease," "Chronic Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Infection: Treatment Considerations."

Federal Bureau of Prisons: "Evaluation and management of chronic hepatitis c virus (HCV) infection."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 29, 2020

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