With Hepatitis C we consider a patient cured, when no virus can be found in the blood 12 weeks after treatment. In this study 95.9% of patients were found to have no virus at the end of a 24 week follow up period. Results like these have never before been seen in hepatitis C treatment and way exceeds any expectations. Just a few years ago less than half of our patients could be cured. Now there are more and more treatments becoming available, that have cure rates in the 90% and in some cases even 100%.
The good news is that the cure rates seem to be the same for HIV/Hep C co infected patients and also people who already have liver fibrosis and/or cirrhosis . In some of the studies cures have been achieved with as little as 8 weeks of treatment. Now, if we could just get as many people as possible on treatments, we could really put a dent in the high rates of Hepatitis C that we are currently seeing.