Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 9887456
Rev Med Interne 1998 Dec;19(12):885-91
INTRODUCTION: Prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected subjects is around 9%, varying according to the mode of contamination. Reciprocal interactions between the two viruses have to be evaluated.
CURRENT KNOWLEDGE AND KEY POINTS: HCV infection is usually associated with chronic hepatitis and detectable viremia in HIV-infected patients. HIV infection enhances HCV replication, leading to more severe liver lesions and to a more rapid occurrence of cirrhosis. This underlines the need for both early diagnosis and therapy in order to avoid severe evolution of the liver disease.
FUTURE PROSPECTS AND PROJECTS: Even though the rate of long-term responses to interferon alpha is low, improvement may be expected from combined therapies, especially with combination including ribavirin. The impact of both antiretroviral triple therapy and accompanying immune restoration on natural history and treatment of HCV infection has to be assessed, as the above mentioned consensual conclusions may be modified in a near future.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9887456