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HBV/HCV Coinfection Linked to Younger Age, HIV, Male Sex

April 22, 2013

Researchers reviewed data on patients with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection who had been tested for hepatitis B between 1997 and 2005 from the National Veterans Affairs HCV Clinical Case Registry. Data indicate that 168,239 individuals who were exposed to HCV were tested for HBV.

Patients were classified as HCV exposed if their records indicated two positive HCV tests or one test with a diagnostic code, and HCV infected if they showed HCV RNA or a genotype. Also, they were classified HBV exposed if they met certain conditions, such as a positive test for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAG), HBV DNA, or Hepatitis Be antigen (HBeAg) hepatitis B core or Be antibodies. If the patients had a positive HBsAG, HBV DNA, or HBeAG test within one year of HCV diagnosis, they were considered coinfected.

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