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Inflammatory Cells Linked to Earlier Death From AIDS, Hepatitis C

February 6, 2014

This article was reported by AIDSMEDS.

AIDSMEDS reported on a study of the effect of inflammatory cells on alcohol abusers who are HIV positive or coinfected with HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV). Researchers from Boston University followed 400 HIV-positive alcohol abusers, for three to five years, from 2001 to 2009. Half of the patients were coinfected with HCV.

The researchers tested participants for seven pro-inflammatory cytokines at baseline and tracked them through national databases to learn if they were alive or had died after the end of the study. Cytokines are proteins that help the body fight inflammation by notifying white blood cells to go to an area of inflammation. However, long-term inflammation is harmful and HIV causes chronic inflammation.

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