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Author Topic: In Those With HIV, Curing Hep C Tied to Less Severe Liver Disease  (Read 7935 times)

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A large European study of people with HIV has found that curing hepatitis C virus (HCV) is associated with a lower risk of end-stage liver disease (ESLD) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC, the most common form of liver cancer), the National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project (NATAP) reports. The study also found that beating hep C was associated with no change in rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD) or non-AIDS-defining cancer (NADC).

Presenting their findings at the 2019 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle, researchers analyzed data on 18,736 people with HIV in the EuroSIDA study. The study authors divided these individuals into five groups: 1) the 62 percent who did not have HCV antibodies; 2) the 6 percent who had spontaneously cleared hep C without treatment; 3) the 22 percent who were chronically infected with HCV; 4) the 5 percent who had been cured of that virus through treatment; and 5) the 5 percent who had been treated for hep C but not cured.



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