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HIV and Hepatitis C co-infections

Peer-reviewed journal, The Lancet Infectious Diseases issue of July 2004 covers the inpact of HIV/AIDS globally. This issue one article on HIV and hepatitis C co-infections.


12% of patients with HIV/AIDS have died from liver disease, according to a 2004 article published in journal, The Lancet.

Globally, both HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C (HepC) continue to be major public health pandemics.  An estimated 40 million people worldwide are infected with HIV/AIDS (2004 estrimates), but 60-180 millions people are infected with HepC. 

Both viruses are transmitted by blood, so it is common to see HepC in patients that have HIV/AIDS because they have a high exposure to blood.  HepC is found in 60-90% of the HIV-positive hemophiliacs and 50-70% of HIV-positive injection drug users.  Rockstroh and Spengler also state that 15-25% of HepC/HIV co-infected patients develop cirrhosis as compared with only 2-6% of HepC infected patients. 

 

Find this information in: The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Vol 4, July 2004. http://infection.thelancet.com or direct at

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/issue?issue_key=S1473-3099(00)X0037-0

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In an article titled "HIV and hepatitis C co-infection" by Jürgen Kurt Rockstroh and Ulrich Spengler, they state that some studies have found that 12% of patients with HIV/AIDS have died from liver disease.  Globally both HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C (HVC) are growing public health problems.  It is currently estimated that 40 million people worldwide are infected with HIV/AIDS, but 60-180 millions people are infected with HVC.  Both viruses are transmitted by blood, so it is common to see HCV in patients that have HIV/AIDS because they have a high exposure to blood.  HCV is found in 60-90% of the HIV-positive hemophiliacs and 50-70% of HIV-positive injection drug users.  Rockstroh and Spengler also state that 15-25% of HCV/HIV co-infected patients develop cirrhosis as compared with only 2-6% of HCV infected patients. 

 

Find this information in: The Lancent Infectious Diseases. Vol 4, July 2004. http://infection.thelancet.com.

Posted by jdc10 last modified January 23, 2008

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Liver Disease, Statistics

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