Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
   
Ask the Experts About

Hepatitis and HIV CoinfectionHepatitis and HIV Coinfection
           
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


Hepatitis C new treatment
May 16, 2005

I have read the text below in hepatitisneighborhood.com,and I wonder if valopicitabine alone can reduce so much the viral load with no side effects then why it is not offered for medication ?

"The investigators have also found that those in the combination group had better responses to treatment than those taking valopicitabine alone. Those taking valopicitabine and peginterferon alfa-2b at 12 weeks had reductions in viral load, on average, of 99.99% (-3.01 log10 IU/mL from the start of the study) compared to an 86.5% reduction (-0.87 log 10 IU/mL from the start of the study) in the group taking valopicitabine alone."

Response from Dr. Dieterich

It is under study now for approval in a few years. It looks like a good drug too! However you ask a good question why not alone. Well, HCV is a lot like HIV in some respects in that it mutates to escape from control of antiviral drugs. That is why all new HCV drugs coming, and there are a lot of them, will be used with Peg and ribavirin. It will not be until there are 2-3 new drugs that can be used together, that have non-overlapping resistance mutations. That drug will be in clinical trials for about 2 more years if all goes well. DTD



Previous
sexual or oral transmission by hep c
Next
please, please answer!

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
Advertisement



Q&A TERMS OF USE

This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement