|Hep B resistance?
Jul 16, 2011
I recently attended a seminar on HIV and Hep coinfection. The speaker to me that there is a possibility of viral drug resistance. This is the first I've heard of this. He also said that there was a blood test available to check. My HIV doctor was unaware of this. Is the test something you would recommend and is it something that would routinely be covered my medicare?
| Response from Dr. McGovern
The speaker is correct that there are ways to check for hepatitis B resistance. If you are on lamivudine or emtricitabine and continue to have detectable virus after a long period of treatment, you may indeed have drug resistance.
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