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Liver decompensation
Apr 6, 2008

Recently I asked a question about life expectancy with coinfection, possibly cirrhosis and HIV. If the HIV is undetectable and been through treatment, is liver decompensation a given and how far down the road? Could future therapies offset decompensation?

Response from Dr. McGovern

Decompensation is not a "given" - Decompensation can be a result of further insults to the liver - such as alcohol or cocaine.

I would do your best to take your HIV medications as well as possible and stay away from any potential toxins - like alcohol - and you should do well.

Remember that there are new therapies being developed for HCV as we speak.



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