lamivudine (Epivir, 3TC) for chronic hepatitis B

    There's lots of interest in using the HIV antiviral, lamivudine (Epivir, 3TC) for chronic hepatitis B.

    Hepatitis B is usually transmitted sexually. It's 100 times more contagious than HIV.

    Interferon alpha is the only treatment approved for hep B. But it's effective only about 40% of the time...and patients often relapse when it's stopped.

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