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Hepatitis affecting AIDS
Jun 21, 2000

How does Hepatitis C affect AIDS

Response from Dr. Dieterich

That is a good question. There are several studies, one from Italy and one from the Atlanta VA that suggest that HCV has no effect on HIV. However, it does appear that some studies show the opposite effect i.e., that HCV does increase perinatal transmission and decreases T cell. A study from England has shown that genotype 1 HCV patients die from AIDS much faster than all other genotypes. There is not a clear answer to this question. Both diseases should be treated by experienced health care providers. DTD

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