|Telaprevir for Genotype 2b/HIV Coinfected?
Oct 29, 2011
I'm one the people thrown into the VA system ... they said I can't try the new HCV therapies w/ them because "it's not approved for geno 2b ....... and even if it was, I'd still be out 'cause it's not approved for HCV/HIV coinfected."
But I can also use use medicare to avoid the VA entirely.
Are they telling me the truth?
Thank you Dr. M!
| Response from Dr. McGovern
It is true that the new HCV protease inhibitors are not approved for genotype 2 infection. One study of telaprevir suggests that this drug may have some good activity against Type 2 infection, but the data are preliminary so far. I expect to see more data coming.
There are also other drugs in later stage development that have some promise for genotype 2 infected patients.
However, if you have never been treated in the past, you may do just fine with dual therapy using PEG and Ribavirin since genotype 2 infection is the easiest to treat...
I hope this is helpful.
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