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HCV, CMV viral load—treatment, testing, timing

April 2013—Treatment for hepatitis C virus infection turned a corner in 2011 when direct-acting antiviral inhibitors were approved and combined with dual therapy—pegylated interferon and ribavirin. Cure rates shot up from about 45 percent to 70 to 75 percent. With antivirals that are even more potent in late-stage clinical trials now, “Use of oral antiviral therapy without interferon appears to be a real possibility for the near future,” said Mitchell L. Shiffman, MD, director of the Liver Institute of Virginia at Bon Secours Health System in Richmond and Newport News, in an Association for Molecular Pathology session at the 2012 annual meeting, where he spoke about viral load monitoring for HCV.

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