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Coinfection – Depression
Living with HIV and HCV coinfection can be overwhelming! This may lead to anxiety (being very nervous) and depression (feeling sad all the time). Depression can affect almost every area of your life and the people around you. Trying to cope with and living with HIV and HCV, treating both diseases and trying to figure out medical insurance if you have any, housing, taking all your medications, and other issues can lead to feeling that you can’t handle things. Depression is a medical condition that can also make HIV and HCV illness worse. But it can also be treated with medications and by talking with professionals.
Coinfection – What Are Drug Interactions
A drug interaction can occur when a drug is taken with other substances — prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, alcohol, herbs, supplements, food, water etc. There are many types of potential interactions that have the possibility of increasing or decreasing drug levels in the body which could lead to the development of drug resistance. It could also cause the drugs to be ineffective to treat the condition because the blood levels are too low, or trigger an overdose because the drug levels are too high. Certain drug interactions can cause death.
Coinfection – The Liver
The liver is the largest organ in the body. It weighs about 3 pounds in the average sized man. It is located on the upper right side of the body (under the ribcage). The liver is a blood organ that processes everything we eat, drink, breathe in and absorb through the skin. In fact, the liver performs over 500 chemical functions that keep us healthy. HCV infects and damages the liver. In general, people who have HIV and HCV have a higher and faster rate of liver damage compared to those who only have HCV.