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Hepatitis G "treatment"
Apr 18, 2004

I recently came to understand that medium/long term infection with the socalled Hepatitis G virus will lengthen the life expectancy of HIV infected persons. Been HIV+ for 5 years and tested neg for Hep G, is there a definate way of exposing myself to Hep G somehow - receiving injections etc. Is this approach naive/legally acceptable? Thanx for great site. South African (not sure at which forum to pose this question)

Response from Dr. Pierone

Hi, thanks for posting. Even though there are data that hep G infection is linked to a better prognosis in persons with HIV infection this does not mean that the benefits of infection outweigh the risks. So this approach of purposfully using one infection (hep G) to interact with another (HIV) and possibly slow it down should not be done. Better to control HIV with medications (if available to you) and wait for the hep G story to unfold.



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