Table 2

Viral response according to lead-in therapy with interferon and season of initiating hepatitis C virus treatment

Without lead-in
Season A
Season Bp ValueLead-in
Season A
Season Bp Value
Rapid viral response, n (%)91 (38.2)78 (32)0.188 (4.3)4 (1.5)0.07
RNA undetectable or VL ≤15 UI at 4 weeks, n (%)193 (82.5)181 (76)0.0919 (10.4)11 (4.2)0.013
Viral response at 8 weeks, n (%)79 (64)85 (58.2)0.3860 (44.1)87 (44.6)0.99
VL ≤15 UI at 8 weeks, n (%)119 (97)137 (94)0.3995 (70)136 (70)0.99
Viral response at 12 weeks, n (%)151 (66.6)145 (62)0.8394 (56.3)126 (54)0.74
VL ≤15 UI at 12 weeks, n (%)215 (94)213 (91.4)0.48135 (81)200 (85.5)0.86
Sustained viral response, n (%)147 (74.2)147 (72)0.5778 (60)96 (57.5)0.72
  • HCV, hepatitis C virus; VL, viral load.