progression of hiv in a chronic hep b patient
Dec 7, 2008
I would like to ask: Does HIV progresses faster in an already chronic hep B patient? Is the signs and symptoms of HIV always present since his/her immune system is already fighting an infection? What will happen if it is left untreated?
Response from Dr. McGovern
There is no clear data that HIV will progress faster in someone who has chronic HBV infection.
However, this type of patient may do better overall with treatment that addresses both infections. That treatment could include three drugs for HIV with two of them having dual activity against HBV as well - like Truvada. Truvada is a pill that includes emtricitabine and tenofovir which are dually active agents.
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