HIV & Hepatitis C
May 10, 2008
My cousin was diagonosed HIV & Hepatitis C. His age is 40 years. What medicine should he take. In Pakistan indian medicines are available
Response from Dr. McGovern
This is a complicated question and depends on many patient related factors. First, it is important to determine which infection is more advanced. We determine HIV stage through CD4 and HIV RNA testing. Then liver stage is determined mainly through biopsy. Depending on those results, discussions can be made regarding possible treatment for HCV (pegylated interferon alfa 2a and ribavirin) and HIV therapy (also with careful choice to avoid drug interactions).
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