|HIV and Hep B correlation?
Apr 28, 2004
I have read where people with HepB are more suseptible to get HIV. Is this due to the fact they may have a decreased immune system or is it due to the fact they may partake in riskier behaviors?
Also, if it is due to a decreased immune system, would the same be true for an inactive carrier?
| Response from Dr. Dieterich
It is because of shared risk factors. HBV and HIV are both basically sexually transmitted diseases. HBV does not affect the immune system, however I am becoming increasingly convinced that HCV may indeed affect the immune system. DTD
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