Does Hepatitis C treatment put you at risk for Hepatitis B reactivation?

The U.S, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to patients getting treated for hepatitis C. According to this prominent,”boxed” warning, they are at a risk for reactivation of hepatitis B virus.

However, one needs to ascertain the following facts for a better understanding of the risks:

  1. The warning applies to patients with a history of hep B but the risk factor can be inferred by whether the infection is active, dormant or resolved.
  2. In case of HBV and HCV coinfected patients, it is presumed that both the viruses keep each other under control. But once hep C is cured, the viral load and liver enzymes may increase and symptoms of hep B like fatigue and jaundice surfaces.
  3. Patients with the history of hepatitis B need to be tested for HBsAg (hepatitis B surface antigen), anti-HBs (antibodies to the HBV surface antigen) and anti-HBc (antibodies to the HBV core antigen) before starting their HCV treatment.

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There is no apparent risk for people who are HBsAg negative and anti-Hbc and anti-HBc positive.

4.If HBsAg is positive, then a hepatitis B viral load test should be done before, during and immediately after hep C treatment.Though at a very low risk of reactivation, people who have resolved HBV infection, need periodical monitoring during their hep C treatment.

5.Those prone to hepatitis B need to get vaccinated.

According to FDA, there were 24 confirmed cases of reactivation in HBV/HCV coinfected patients treated with DAAs between November 2013 and July 2016.Two died, one needed liver transplant and three experienced hepatic decomposition. Half the patients received hep B treatment and most of them showed a decrease in HBV DNA.
The FDA confirmed that HBV reactivation usually occurred within 4 to 8 weeks after starting treatment with DAA and was visible in people with detectable and undetectable HBV DNA at baseline.

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