What is the role of immunization in the treatment of coexisting HIV and HBV infections?

Updated: May 07, 2020
  • Author: Shirin A Mazumder, MD, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michelle R Salvaggio, MD, FACP  more...
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Routine screening and immunization are recommended for all HIV-infected patients to prevent primary HBV infection; however, the immune response to HBV vaccine is lower in patients with HIV infection than in uninfected patients, and postvaccination HBsAg must be tested to document immunity. [11, 12, 13, 14]

All patients with HBV/HIV coinfection must be assessed for hepatitis A virus (HAV) immunity and vaccinated if negative. [14]


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