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Hemophilia, AIDS and Hepatitis C
Nov 13, 2000

My cousin is a hemophiliac and contracted HIV when he was a baby. On Friday he found out that he has Hepatitis C as well. He has been very ill the last few weeks and is experiencing Jaundice, nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue etc. What is the typical survival rate for persons who have this symptomology?

Response from Dr. Dieterich

Survival is always a very difficult thing to predict for doctors. However, the statistics in general say that 5 year survival for decompensated cirrhotics is less than 5 years. With HIV it would be even shorter. He sounds like he needs treatment for his HCV ASAP. Wish him luck! DTD

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