The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Hepatitis and HIV CoinfectionHepatitis and HIV Coinfection
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

Later Co-infection
Aug 26, 2003

Dear Doctor Dieterich:

If someone already has HIV, but is unaware of their status, then a year later contracts HCV, could the newly acquired HCV affect an HIV test, if now taken?

I know that "sometimes" co-infection can cause a delay on the HIV tests, but I assume that's when both viruses are acquired at or near the same time...obviously, the above question is a different scenario.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

Peace SK

Response from Dr. Dieterich

No, I don't believe that HIV testing can be influenced by HCV. On the other hand people may test falsely negative for HCV if they have HIV. The only way to be certain with both viruses is to do the PCR or bDNA tests. Stay safe! DTD

Dr. Dieterich
Clearing Hep C ? HIV/HCV infection

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint