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How is the hepatitis C virus (HCV) linked to hemophilia?

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Before 1992, when routine screening of donated blood started, many people with hemophilia got blood products with the hep C virus. As many as 4 out of 5 people with hemophilia carry the virus. Their hep C does not appear to worsen any more quickly than in people who do not have hemophilia.

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. World Journal of Gastroenterology, October 28, 2009

William Depew, M.D., Hepatitis Update 12

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. World Journal of Gastroenterology, October 28, 2009

William Depew, M.D., Hepatitis Update 12

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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