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Will My Hepatitis C Meds Interfere With My HIV Meds? An HIV Doctor Answers

August 16, 2015

Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

News of more effective hepatitis C cures is welcomed by many. However, many people living with hepatitis C are also living with HIV, which can complicate hepatitis C treatment. As a result, they may be scared to put more meds in their body! On's Ask the Experts forums, our experts field questions from people who have questions about hepatitis C, including questions about hepatitis C and HIV coinfection. One of these experts is Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

On Dec. 27, 2014, a user asked:

I am HIV positive and have hep C from a blood transfusion as a baby. I have been taking HIV meds since 1995, but refused to start hep C meds. My CD4 is 600 and viral load is undetectable. The doctor says I should start the hep c meds now but I'm worried of the side effects and if it will interfere with my HIV meds. Should I start, and [will I] be fine?

Young answered:

HCV is curable. The newest HCV drugs (like Olysio, Solvaldi, Harvoni and Viekera Pak) are exceptionally well tolerated, especially those regimens that don't require interferon or ribavirin.

I'd discard the out-of-date view that side effects are inevitable or severe.

Are you living with HIV and hepatitis C? Do you have similar concerns about starting hepatitis C meds while on your HIV meds? Make sure to talk to your doctor about what is the best course of action for you to be as healthy as possible.

Mathew Rodriguez is the community editor for and You can follow him on Twitter at @mathewrodriguez, like his Facebook page or visit him on his personal website.

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