How does hepatitis C (HCV) infection affect the course of HIV infection?

Updated: May 07, 2020
  • Author: Shirin A Mazumder, MD, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michelle R Salvaggio, MD, FACP  more...
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Increased rates of cirrhosis in patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) are attributable to various factors, including older age, alcoholism, male sex, and HIV infection; higher rates of progression to cirrhosis are seen in patients with HCV/HIV. [6]

HCV infection in patients with HIV infection can have significant consequences, including liver disease progression, cirrhosis, increased rates of end-stage liver disease, and shortened lifespan after hepatic decompensation. [6, 19]


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