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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Incivek Rash Reports: What HIV/Hepatitis C-Coinfected People Need to Know

As you know, certain drugs can sometimes cause a rash. Some of our readers may have had this experience with penicillin as a child. But despite the risk of a rash, we continue to use penicillin as an antibiotic because it is so valuable in curing bacterial infections, such as strep throat.

Rashes have been seen for many years now in hepatitis C (HCV) therapy, ever since we started widely using ribavirin after finding that it increased HCV cure rates. Ribavirin can cause speckled rash all over the body. (Peg-interferon can cause rash too, but it is usually just seen at the injection sites.)


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