Why is HIV and hepatitis C coinfection an issue? - Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease
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Why is HIV and hepatitis C coinfection an issue?

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Why is HIV-hepatitis C coinfection an issue? - Hepatitis C for Patients

Many people who are living with HIV also have been exposed to other infections, such as hepatitis C. Over half of people who acquire HIV through injecting drugs also acquire hepatitis C. Overall, more than one third of all Americans living with HIV have hepatitis C, too. Hence, HIV-hepatitis C coinfection is common.

Having both viruses also makes it a little harder to deal with either one. There are specific medical issues that are unique to coinfected patients. Anyone known to have one of these viral infections will be checked for coinfection with the other virus.