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


More than 1 Genotype?
Aug 7, 2009

I was dx w/ 2b. But I read how the computerized photoscanner that determines genotype just stops when it gets a "predominant genotype" And I read more that about 40% of HCV infected have more than one genotype when a really expensive test is used. So, my question is have there been genotype 2a or 2b people that go through interferon therapy ......and then relapse later but come up w/ genotype 1 or 3? Also my dr. said it was better to have 2b than 2a ..... but when I asked him why, he said people w/ 2a get diabetes more and "other problems" but he couldn't say what the other problems were. Are you aware of certain problems associated w/ specific genotypes ... like more heptocellular cancer, quicker progression to fibrosis, lower life expectancies, worse if you're co-infected w/ HIV, etc. Thankyou. I know these questions are obscure.

Response from Dr. McGovern

I would not pursue further genotype testing. Yes you are correct that the predominant virus is measured, but usually this is all we need on a clinical basis to make treatment decisions.

Genotype 2 is favorable since it responds to treatment so well.

HCV infection in general is associated with an increased risk of diabetes. This risk increases with a family history of diabetes and with excessive weight gain.



Previous
Please advice
Next
hepa profile test result

  
  • 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