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DDW 2008: Significance of Transient HCV Viral Load

Response to treatment for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is measured in terms of reduction in HCV RNA level, or viral load. End-of-treatment response (ETR) is defined as undetectable HCV RNA at the completion of therapy (24 or 48 weeks, depending on HCV genotype). Sustained virological response (SVR) - typically considered a "cure" - is continued undetectable viral load 24 weeks after completion of treatment.

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