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How Does Interferon Work For Hep C

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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 »
HIV i-Base

Personal Accounts

Add your story Personal stories in this guide Contributors People with direct experience of HIV and hepatitis coinfection, have written much of this guide. Their storie are included here, and cover dealing with a second diagnosis,... Read more »
ACRIA and GMHC

My Fight for a Hepatitis C Cure

Lynda Dee I thought I had dodged a bullet. I had stopped using heroin intravenously in the early '70s and tested HIV negative. My husband wasn't so lucky -- he died of complications from AIDS in 1987, two years after our son died from SIDS. I... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Cure for HepC???

Your Sept 9th answer -- are you really saying that there is a cure for HepC?...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
I don't remember prior answers since I answer so many questions in my spare time. However, there is a cure for hepatitis C - Treatment with pegylated interferon and ribavirin. It does not work in all patients. However, if you do have liver... Read more »

HIV, HepC & now Diabetes

I have a very close fiend who was diagnosed HIV and HepC positive moe than 20 years ago. Last night I took her to the ER for the following symptoms: dry mouth, recent weight loss, dehydration although she was drinking constantly, restless sleep and...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I would expect that the treatment for hepatitis C (which can be very demanding) would be put on hold until the situation with the diabests is under good control and things are stable once again. KH... Read more »

Can I clear Hepc without affecting HIV counts?

Dear Doctors,I have recently been diagnosed with HIV and Hep C. I contracted them through intraveneous drug use sometime Last Year as my August HIV test was negative and my October test was positive. My most recent lab work has my CD4 count at 728...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
It appears that you were certainly recently infected with HIV. It is not clear if you also were infected with HCV at the same time. I only mention that since treatment of hepatitis C early after infection has a much higher chance of success than... Read more »

Interferon Therapy Side Effect!

I'm on HAART since last 4 years with Viral load maintained at undetectable level. However my CD4 was not raising beyond 220 for which my physician has to wait to initiate INterferon Therapy for my Hep.C (Genoptye 1) co-infection. Recently my...
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
Those are normal side effects of HCV treatment (particularly from the interferon). Some of these symptoms can be treated with ibuprofen like meds. If you can tolerate it, there is no reason why you can't work.... Read more »
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I have a co-infection;HIV, and HEP-C.

Posted by stevepalma, 1 Reply
I found out that i had this co-infection(hiv,hep-c) in 2002.My doctor says that it is very hard to treat,however with sticking to my meds;this includes hiv meds, and interferon,i now have the hep-c under control after 30 weeks of a 48 week... Read more »

No longer have HepC!

Posted by heatherblue, 2 Replies
I went to my doctor today. My numbers are all amazing. CD4=701, viral load undetectable. And he says that I no longer have HepC. I have never heard of this. I am pleased, don't get me wrong. It's just kinda crazy. I was always told that it... Read more »

Interferon Roferon Peginterfeon Side Effects

Posted by Claude, 1 Reply
Hi guys,

Did any of you go through bilogical treatment with any kind of Interferons. If you did could you please tell me more about your dosage and side effects?

I am currently on INTRON A and it's a living hell. I don't know what to do anymore.... Read more »

Trying to deal with being + I also have Hepc

Posted by rackme, 7 Replies
I was just told Im hiv+ and Im also hepc. so I don't know when Im not feeling good which is causing the problems been getting vertigo the last couple of days. I see my shrink next week. I guess Im looking for ansures. Thanks any onfo I can get would... Read more »