Kitchener, Waterloo & Cambridge Area

29 Young Street East
Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2L4 (Google Map)
Telephone: 519-603-0223
Fax: 519-888-6422

Wellington, Dufferin & Guelph Area

176 Wyndham Street North
Guelph, Ontario N1H 8N9 (Google Map)
Telephone: 877-351-9857
Fax: 519-888-6422

Is Treatment Working?

How do I know if my treatment is working?

Our team will request blood tests to measure the amount of virus in your blood.

Blood tests are done at set times in order to check your response to treatment, and to make sure your body is handling the treatment well.  If there are any concerns about your treatment, the clinical team can intervene if necessary.

The goal of treatment is to get a sustained virologic response (SVR) which means the virus cannot be detected in your blood six months or more after completed Hepatitis C therapy.


Do I need to come to all of my appointments?

It is very important that you keep all scheduled bloodwork appointments and the appointments with our clinical team. If you are unable to attend an appointment, or if you forget an appointment, please call us as soon as possible to reschedule.


Will I respond to treatment?

There is no way of telling in advance if you will respond to therapy. Over time, on treatment, the virus may be decreased to a level so low that it cannot be measured by blood tests. If the virus cannot be detected in your blood six months after completion of treatment you are considered to be a sustained responder.


What if I do not respond to treatment?

Some people do not respond to therapy. Also, different people respond at different stages of treatment, some earlier and some later.

Sometimes people respond poorly and it is not helpful to continue treatment. With the help of blood tests our clinical team will decide if it is best to stop.

It is important to maintain a positive attitude. Remember, Hepatitis C usually takes a very long time to progress and the disease does not progress in everyone.

It is also good to know that at this time many scientists are working on new medications for the treatment of Hepatitis C.

If you do not respond to treatment, or you respond poorly and need to stop, our team will continue to work with you to manage your liver health.