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How can you catch the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) at the same time?

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It’s not uncommon for someone to have both HCV and HIV. The two viruses are spread the same way, usually through sharing dirty needles and through unsafe sex. If you have both types of infections, the level of HCV in your blood tend to be higher than compared to people who have just hep C.

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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