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Author Topic: Among Those With HIV, Hepatitis C Raises Risk of Cancer  (Read 7268 times)

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Among Those With HIV, Hepatitis C Raises Risk of Cancer
« on: April 14, 2017, 10:03:05 am »
Having hepatitis C virus (HCV) in addition to HIV is associated with a higher risk of non-AIDS-defining cancers compared with having HIV alone, aidsmap reports. This elevated risk, seen among a group of HIV/HCV-coinfected individuals who largely went uncured of hep C, remained even after researchers factored out hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC, the most common form of liver cancer).

Publishing their findings in the journal AIDS, Spanish researchers conducted a retrospective study of 2,318 adults with HIV, 37 percent of whom were coinfected with HCV, who received care between 1993 and 2014. Just 17 percent of the coinfected individuals received hep C treatment (with interferon in all cases); 48 percent of them achieved a sustained virologic response 12 weeks after completing therapy (SVR12, considered a cure).

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