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Does Interferon Interact With HIV Meds

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HIV i-Base

HIV/HCV Coinfection: Early Glimpses of an Interferon-Free Future and EuroSIDA Incidence Data

Amongst the most exciting advances in Glasgow related to preliminary results from early studies of interferon (IFN)-free studies that had just been presented at the 63rd AASLD liver disease conference in the U.S. For more details, see the detailed... Read more »
National Association of People With AIDS

Hep-C Treatment Without Interferon Comes Closer

Many of us who live with HIV are alive today in part because we received effective treatment to clear our hepatitis C (HCV) co-infections. Interferon-boosted Ribavirin was a lifesaver, but the interferon side effects could be rugged. MedPage Today... Read more »

An Overview of Interferon Alfa-2 (Roferon-A, Intron A)

in-ter-FEER-on Brand Name: Roferon-A (2a), Intron A (2b) Other Name(s): IFN, Interferón a-2, Recombinant interferon alfa-2a, Recombinant interferon alfa-2b, Recombinant interferon alpha-2a, Recombinant interferon alpha-2b Drug Class: ... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Help in South Texas? Interferon for KS - meds won't stay down

Dear Dr. Dezube, my sister who is alone and living in South Texas is HIV. She has just experienced another AIDS episode and is being hospitalized, receiving 5 pints of blood the other day to get her hemoglobin count up- it was as low as 5! She has...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
The first thing, which I would need to know, is if your sister is taking the interferon for her Kaposi's sarcoma or for another condition. If she is taking the interferon for her KS, then I would recommend that her provider switch her to an... Read more »

Food Interactions with HIV/Hep C Meds

Hello. I have heard before that broccoli, garlic, and grapefruit can all have nasty effects on HAART therapy. I'm needing a list, complete as possible, of foods that can react with HAART or with Hep C therapies (pegylated interferon and...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
I am not aware of any foods that need to be avoided specifically in the setting of treatment being given for HIV or HCV. In fact, broccoli and garlic in particular may be particularly good for you, in light of their vitamin content and anti-oxidant... Read more »

interferon & hiv

ater 6 monthes for starting big interferon 100 mg for virus c & b . my p.c.r now zero (negative ) for both. iam taking also ribavirin 400 twise daiely and also zefix.but my cd4 drob in 6 monthes from 915 to 436 (35%)and now 213(28%)iam not in...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
The interferon is likely affecting your CD4 counts. Once you stop, you should see an increase. You do not want to stop the HIV meds. Unlike hepatitis virus treatment, HIV treatment must be continued indefinitely.... Read more »

Interferon & ribavirin: Effect on HIV?

I'm a co-infected pt w/ HIV/HepC, who is midway through the interferon +ribavirin anti-HepC therapy. My HIV was always undetectable after I started HAART (Atripla), but my question is does interferon and ribavirin have any positive or neg....
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
There are a few ways to interpret your question, so I'll speak to each of them. In general, there is no direct effect of ribavirin (RBVN) and either pegylated or standard interferon (IFN) on the virus. For example, there is not a standard... Read more »
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T-cells dropping and Interferon

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
HI, my son's father is HIV+ and has HEPc also.. his viral count is undecectable and t-cell count has always been around 400+..he started interferon for the hepc about 4 weeks ago. 2 weeks ago he had blood drawn and his T cell count was under 300..... Read more »

Interferon and Hiv

Posted by ethan_hines, 2 Replies
Why doesn't pegylated Interferon work the same way with Hiv as it does with HVB/C?. Isn't Interferon very important in fighting RNA virus infections which Hiv is one of? How does Hiv get around its defence? Read more »

Living with HIV and meds

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
I have been HIV + since 97 and am now on meds, since 2001.
I am constantly tired and wonder how I will continue rebuilding my life up, going back to work etc. Not working is extremely depressing but the thought sometimes of getting back out there... Read more »

HIV meds and Depression meds?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Hello. I have known of my positive status for two years now. I was put on Epivir, Viread, and Sustiva in February of 2004. My labs are good, and I feel great, as my viral load is almost undetectable. This summer I have had some problems with... Read more »