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Jul 21, 2014 6:43 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Two Hepatitis C medications show promise for patients with HIV

A new study finds two new anti-viral Hepatitis C medications are effective for patients who were also HIV positive.

Hepatitis C can be deadly and difficult to treat in patients with HIV because traditional Hepatitis medications can interact with HIV drugs.

Now, doctors at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine are reporting success with two drugs: Sofosbuvir and Ribavirin.

Up to 94 percent of HIV patients with Hepatitis C were considered free of the virus three months after treatment.

The HIV study was released as part of the International AIDS conference in Australia, which started Sunday. The AIDS researchers who died on the Malaysian Airlines jet in Ukraine were on their way to the conference.

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