HIV, Hepatitis C and You
A Guide for Coinfected People
As if dealing with one dangerous virus in your life wasn't enough!
If you're reading this booklet, it means you're not just living with HIV; you're also living with hepatitis C, which can cause a whole other set of health problems.
Well over a million people in the U.S. are living with HIV. Hundreds of thousands of them also have hep C. So you're not alone in this.
But we won't lie: There's a lot to learn when it comes to HIV/hepatitis C coinfection. There's plenty of important info you need to know about how hep C works, how it might threaten your health, and what your treatment options are.
In this booklet, we'll give you a rundown of all of that, as of the information we have in late 2011. We'll also share the stories of a few people who are living with HIV/hep C coinfection right now, and talk about what they're doing to cope with their two infections and keep themselves healthy.
This booklet can never replace some very important conversations you need to have with your health care providers, case manager, support group and loved ones. But we hope it'll provide you with a quick reference to help you learn the basics.
So let's get started!
Consult your doctor! The only purpose of this booklet is to educate and inform. It is no substitute for professional care by a doctor or other medical professionals. TheBody.com neither endorses nor opposes any particular treatment option discussed in this booklet. Instead, we encourage you to discuss all of your options with a health care provider who specializes in treating HIV/hepatitis coinfection.
We wish to warmly thank Lynn Taylor, M.D., for her care and generosity in providing a meticulous medical review of this booklet to help ensure its clinical accuracy. Our deepest gratitude also goes out to Bob Munk and Heidi Nass, who were kind enough to offer assistance and feedback on early drafts. Last, but far from least, endless thanks to the people whose names and quotes appear within this booklet: By sharing your personal stories and your wisdom, you made it a thousand times more useful and meaningful.
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