Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS Go Hand in Hand

It has been seen by the by the researchers that hepatitis C (HCV) infection is very common in passive anal sex partner, when either of them suffer from AIDS.
Re-infection with HCV is also common in HIV affected persons.
The matter of concern is that the HCV is likely to become resistant to the newer and effective drugs for hepatitis C.
Chronic HCV infection may lead to cirrhosis of liver and liver cancer.
So, patients suffering from AIDS must look into it and creating awareness among them is also important.

Amplify’d from www.medscape.com

July 21, 2011 — There is an ongoing “explosion” of deadly hepatitis C among men who have sex with men.

It’s spread mainly by anal sex, often enhanced by methamphetamine, according to a report in the July 21 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

It’s no surprise to experts who treat hepatitis C. Liver cancer and cirrhosis caused by hepatitis C virus (HCV) already is the leading cause of death among people with HIV infection who have access to HIV drugs. Some 30% of Americans with HIV are co-infected with HCV.

  • Receptive anal intercourse with ejaculation of the partner increased HCV risk 23-fold.
  • Having sex while high on methamphetamine increased HCV risk 28.5-fold.

“If people are re-exposed to HCV after treatment with new antivirals, there will be resistant virus,” he predicts.

Read more at www.medscape.com

 

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