|HIV & Chemotherapy
Apr 5, 2009
I read about someone having chemotherapy and they eradicated Hepatitis C from their body and they no longer have it. This got me thinking about HIV since both are viruses. I contacted the Hepatitis C Association, and here is their response: The drugs we have available right now are called pegylated interferon and ribavirin. Some people consider them to be chemotherapy. They can eradicate the virus in 50 75% of the people who are treated, depending on their genotype.
Could this type of treatment be effective at eradicating HIV from the body?
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for your post.
Unfortunately, while combination treatment for hepatitis C can effectively eradicate the virus from many persons, this outcome still eludes those infected with HIV.
Nevertheless, here's hoping for improved strategies in the future.
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