Hemophilia + HCV + HIV
Apr 4, 2007
- I have the above conditions and i should be starting ARV's shortly as my new reports come in including VL. I feel tired which indicates the the virus is catching up with me. - I want to know of any insights that you may have in treatment in my case and do you recommend any drug regimen.
Response from Dr. McGovern
Your physician will be making decisions about treatment of your HIV based on CD4 T cell counts and your HIV viral load. If you need treatment, a good nucleoside "backbone" is Truvada which combines two "liver friendly" drugs into one pill. Then your physician will select from another class of medications such as the protease inhibitors (eg maybe Kaletra) or the non-nucleoside RT inhibitors (eg maybe Sustiva).
If you have hemophilia and hepatitis C, you will also want to have your liver evaluated by either a hepatologist or an infectious disease doctor who is very familiar with viral hepatitis. You may need therapy for your hepatitis C as well (eg interferon and ribavirin). You will need to have your type of hepatitis C checked (your genotype) and your HCV viral load checked. Whether or not you have a liver biopsy will depend on your clinical examination and whether your hepatologist thinks that this can be safely done or not, in light of the risk of bleeding. There are also non-invasive markers that may be considered in your case as well.
It is important to know that when you start your HIV medications, if you begin to have right upper quadrant pain in your belly, nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, dark urine ....these can all be signs of liver injury and you will want to contact your physician right away. On the other hand, most patients with HCV do tolerate their medications well. You will also need serial monitoring of your liver function tests to be certain that you are tolerating your medications.
The fatigue may be related to hepatitis C - this is the most common symptom of HCV infection.
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