Published in Hepatitis Weekly, February 17th, 2003
"After treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection with interferon-alpha + ribavirin in a considerable proportion of patients with a virologic end-of-treatment response (ETR), a relapse during follow-up is observed. The biological background of relapse is unknown. Either antiviral therapy leads to a complete replication arrest and latent virions survive until the end-of-treatment or replication is not completely suppressed," speculated a German research team.
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