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DELTA AGENT
Mar 18, 2001

Hi Dr. What are the implications of having both the Delta agent and Hep 'B'. Does the Delta mean HIV or what?

Thanks.

Liuhua

Response from Dr. Dieterich

The delta agent is a viroid not quite a virus. It makes hepatitis B worse and can only infect people with hepatitis B. It even uses hepatitis B proteins for its coat. It has nothing to do with HIV. DTD



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