Can you treat co-infection?


Co-infection with other blood borne viruses can be treated but co-infection does make treatment more difficult.  Co-infection also quickens the progression of the virus and increases the chances that you will develop liver damage.


What’s the treatment if I have Hepatitis B and C?


If you have a chronic Hepatitis C infection and Hepatitis B infection, you will be considered for treatment with Pegylated Interferon and Ribavirin.


What’s the treatment if I have HIV and Hepatitis B?


Once again you will only be prescribed treatment for Hepatitis B if your liver shows evidence of damage.  This still applies if you are also infected with HIV, but HIV treatment will be given priority because it will lead more rapidly to complications if interrupted in any way. If medication for Hepatitis B is found to be interrupting HIV treatment, it will be withdrawn.


What’s the treatment if I have Hepatitis B and Hepatitis D?


There isn’t an effective treatment for Hepatitis D.  In the acute phase only supportive care for symptoms can be given (similar to Hep B, over the counter painkillers etc).  For those with a chronic Hepatitis D infection doctors may try interferon, but this usually only slows progression of the virus.  In the end a liver transplant may be required.

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