Recently, aidsmap.com released an eye-opening infographic about HIV and liver disease, which is the second leading cause of death for people living with HIV.
Among the startling statistics were:
- About 30 percent of people living with HIV in the U.S. are coinfected with hepatitis C.
- About 10 percent of people living with HIV worldwide are chronically infected with hepatitis B.
- Liver dysfunction among people living with HIV is about six-and-a-half times higher than that of the general population.
- Rates of heavy drinking among people living with HIV are almost two times higher than in the general population.
To help prevent liver disease, be sure to exercise, eat healthy and limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
Warren Tong is the research editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
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Comment by: Joe S
Fri., Jan. 4, 2013 at 12:56 pm EST
After a year of interferon, telepivir and ribovirin I cleared HEP C and remain so 7 months after stopping. It was a year of feeling bad and being depressed from the meds side effect. Not having had a great deal of fibrosis I drink 2 beers now ocassionally, but no more. Mostly because I know the body to work on booze along time before it processes the HIV meds. I got threw all of this with extreme bi polar disorder and know if I made it with lots of support others can to. Dr. Lav Singh Infectious Diease Specalist got me threw this and I thank him greatly.
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