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corticosteroids and co-infection

Jan 1, 2005

In a patient taking perscription corticosteroids, if a concern exists for simultaneous HIV/HepC exposure, will PCR testing stage the HIV/HepC infection in the absence of detectable antibody response?

Response from Dr. McGovern

Hepatitis C testing should not be effected by steroids.

If there is still a concern regarding large doses of steroids and antibody responses, you could always check for hepatitis C infection by checking for the virus itself.

Dr. McGovern


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