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How can the hepatitis C virus (HCV) make you more likely to have other types of hepatitis?

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People with HCV often have another hepatitis virus. About 1 in 10 people with HCV also have the hep B virus, which is spread the same way, mainly through blood and other body fluids. Having both viruses may make you more likely get have liver scarring and liver failure.

HCV has also been linked to hepatitis A and autoimmune hepatitis.

SOURCES:

CDC: "HIV/AIDS Fact Sheet" and "HIV and Viral Hepatitis."

National Kidney Foundation: "What You Should Know About Infectious Diseases: A Guide for Hemodialysis Patients and Their Families."

CDC: "Learn more about Hepatitis C."

Al-Zayadi, A. , October 28, 2009 World Journal of Gastroenterology

William Depew, M.D., 12 Hepatitis Update

Diadetes Forecast: "What's the link Between Hepatitis C and Type 2?"

UpToDate.

National Hemophilia Foundation. 

AIDSInfo: "Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 24, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "HIV/AIDS Fact Sheet" and "HIV and Viral Hepatitis."

National Kidney Foundation: "What You Should Know About Infectious Diseases: A Guide for Hemodialysis Patients and Their Families."

CDC: "Learn more about Hepatitis C."

Al-Zayadi, A. , October 28, 2009 World Journal of Gastroenterology

William Depew, M.D., 12 Hepatitis Update

Diadetes Forecast: "What's the link Between Hepatitis C and Type 2?"

UpToDate.

National Hemophilia Foundation. 

AIDSInfo: "Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 24, 2018

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