High levels of HCV infection also are linked to a high risk of progression to AIDS and AIDS-related death, in the study of more than 200 patients.
Researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA, studied data from patients with hemophilia who were co-infected with HCV and HIV. The subjects were followed prospectively for approximately 7 years.
|Out of 200 patients co-infected with HCV and HIV, 67 died from AIDS and 51 progressed to the disease.|
|J Infect Dis|
67 patients died from AIDS and 51 progressed to the disease.
Researcher Dr Eric Daar said, "Our study shows that higher blood levels of HCV may have a detrimental effect on HIV progression to full-blown AIDS.
"Our findings may have implications for how best to treat HCV in patients co-infected with HIV."
He added, "More research needs to be done to determine not only how HCV is involved in HIV progression, but whether HIV and HCV specific therapies would benefit co-infected patients."
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