Hepatitis C Reinfection Rising Among HIV Patients
July 12, 2013
According to the results of a study by Dr. Thomas Martin of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, United Kingdom, approximately 25 percent of HIV-infected individuals who are cured of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection acquired a second and sometimes a third HCV infection within 24 months of the initial cure. Martin noted that liver disease was one of the leading non-AIDS causes of death among HIV-infected individuals. Also, earlier studies showed that HIV coinfection reduced spontaneous clearance of HCV infection, reduced the rate of successful treatment, and could lead to cirrhosis three times faster.
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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