A study, in the 1 May 2012 Journal of Infections Diseases, says that the incidence of reinfection with Hepatitis C after the body has cleared the virus may be higher than previously thought.

It was thought that most people are not able to clear the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) but those that did (approximately one in four) would not have immunity for life, this has implications for the development of the Hepatitis C vaccine.

Prof. Jason Grebeley of the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, one of the authors of the study, told delegates at the International Liver Congress in Barcelona: “Are we detecting re-infection or failure of treatment? It depends on the [viral] sequence being examined,” he told a symposium on hepatitis C virus (HCV) prevention and treatment in injecting drug users, organised by the European Liver Patients Association (ELPA).

It is also thought that people who clear the Hepatitis C virus continue with their high risk behaviour and so are likely to get infected again.

Further details of the study on reinfection can be read about here.

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