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How does the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) affect my hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection?

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If you also have HIV, your hep C likely will worsen much faster than if you have HCV alone. Your liver is also more likely to scar. But HCV does not seem to affect how quickly your HIV turns into AIDS. Among people who carry both viruses, they more often die from HCV-related causes than from HIV-related reasons.

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 June 19, 2020

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 June 19, 2020

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