Living well with HIV and HCV
It’s estimated that 25% of people living with HIV in the United States are also co-infected with hepatitis C. If you’re HIV-positive and haven’t had a hepatitis C test, contact our prevention staff.
Fortunately, the same HCV treatment options are available for people who are co-infected with HIV/HCV, and they should be treated the same as persons without HIV infection. Most importantly, the cure rates show similar responses for co-infected people as for those living with HCV alone.
Patients living with co-infection may need to adjust their HIV regimen to avoid drug-drug interactions, but no one should ever stop their HIV medications to accommodate HCV treatment—adherence is the best course for both viruses. Always consult with your HIV and HCV doctor(s) before adjusting or starting a new medication.
TPAN’s staff can share more information about treatment for co-infection. Learn more at positivelyaware.com.