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Hepatitis C can be cured! The decision to treat HCV is not easy, but it is even more important in someone who also has HIV because of the increased risk of liver damage. Everyone with HCV, including those with HIV, should be monitored on a regular basis and be evaluated for treatment. The current drugs used to treat hepatitis C in people with HIV are a combination of pills that are taken for 8, 12 and for some people 24 weeks.
New HCV Drugs in Development
Treatment of HCV is even more difficult for people with HIV because some of the drugs used to treat HIV may not be used with HCV medications due to drug interactions. However, most people on HIV medications can be switched to other HIV drugs so they can be treated with HCV drugs. But there is good news on the horizon—there are many new drugs being tested that will increase the cure rates of HCV in people who are coinfected with HIV and HCV.