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Introduction

March 2009

Welcome to the second edition of the i-Base guide for people living with HIV and Hepatitis C. .

Any diagnosis can be difficult and having two infections can be more stressful. We hope that the information here helps you feel more in control of some of the treatment related choices so that you can focus on other things you want to do in life. Because some of the ways that you can catch both HIV and hepatitis viruses are similar, coinfection is not unusual. In some countries, coinfection with HIV and hepatitis C is more common than just having HIV alone.

People living with HIV, hepatitis C or coinfection, have written much of this guide. It is written with a positive outlook for management and treatment.

Some people have been living with HCV for over 20 years and have not chosen HCV treatment. Others were infected recently. Some of them have been HIV-positive for many years, and have chosen very early HCV treatment.

This emphasises that an individual approach to your own healthcare is essential Although only short personal quotes are included in the print version of this guide, longer stories from people living with coinfection are in the web version:

Personal accounts

Read contributor's personal stories and add your own.

People with direct experience of HIV, hepatitis C or coinfection, have written much of this guide. It is written with a positive outlook for management and treatment. Some people have been living with HCV for over 20 years and have not chosen HCV treatment. Others were infected recently. Some of them have been HIV-positive for many years, and have chosen very early HCV treatment.

This range of experience will help to emphasise that an individual approach to your own healthcare is essential.

Web edition contains extra information

Web-only content list.

The web version of this guide includes more detailed information on some aspects of hepatitis that we didn't include in the print version.

We've also included more detailed references and referrals to other sources of information and support.

Controversial aspects of hepatitis C

Controversial aspects of hepatitis C treatment and care in detail.

An overview of aspects of care that are currently controversial is included:

  • Sexual transmission of HCV (especially for HIV-positive gay men)
  • Whether light-to-moderate alcohol intake is safe
  • Use of liver biopsy
  • Use of HCV treatment in people who still drink alcohol
  • Access to HCV treatment for injecting drug users,
  • How long to treat genotype 2 and 3
  • Use of maintenance treatment in people who don't get a full treatment response
  • Earlier access to new HCV drugs in development for HIV-positive people.

Understanding of these issues is likely to change as new research becomes available.

Please check for up-dates to this edition, especially if reading this after March 2010.

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This article was provided by HIV i-Base. It is a part of the publication Hepatitis C for People Living With HIV. Visit HIV i-Base's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
 

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