Now the doctor tells me that my
T-cell count is too low to begin the treatment.
Dear Dr. Chung,
I am a person co-infected with HIV/HCV. I was scheduled to begin
for HCV using peg-intron and ribovarin. Now the doctor tells me that my
T-cell count is too low to begin the treatment. I stopped taking the HIV
meds in July '01 because of the adverse effect they were having on my
The only way I know to build my T-cell count up is to go back on the meds.
My question is will going back on the meds until I'm ready to start the
treatment do any more damage to my liver. A liver biopsy indicated stage
four fibosis. I'm more concerned about HCV at this point. Any profssional
advice from you would be greatly appreciated.
Dr Chung Writes-
It depends on the CD4 count -- if > 200 can treat for HCV. we have even
so in individual cases <200 when we had no options as far as antiHIV meds
in either event, treatment will have to be monitored extremely carefully.