|Hepatitis B and HIV relationship
Aug 20, 2008
Is there any direct link or relationship between hepatitis B(HBV) and HIV, or are they completely disconnected?
| Response from Dr. McGovern
They are completely unrelated viruses. HBV is a DNA virus; HIV is an RNA virus.
They are similar in terms of how high they replicate in the body; they also can become resistant to medications.
Both can be transmitted through injection drug use and sex.
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