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Hiv/hep c infection
Jul 16, 2012

Hi Im hiv+ im curently taking "atripla" meds n my virul loads undetectable. But my question is this. I recently relapsed n shared a needle. Im stressed because I dont want hep.c. and is there any chance of living a normal life if I am coinfected? Please let me know. Im 24m thank u

Response from Dr. McGovern

I appreciate your concerns. It is great that you have an undetectable HIV viral load on Atripla, which is very important.

However, any sharing of a needle could certainly lead to HCV infection,- even a one-time event...

So I would recommend getting tested for HCV RNA and HCV antibody and getting retested for at least liver function tests in 3 to six months if negative...

If you have recently been infected, I would recommend following your viral load for two laboratories and if you haven't cleared in about 8 weeks I would simply treat you with interferon and ribavirin therapy. Your chance of cure in acute infection is VERY high.

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