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Clin Infect Dis. 2003 Jan 1;36(1):97-100. Epub 2002 Dec 11.

Hepatitis C virus and human immunodeficiency virus coinfection in an urban population: low eligibility for interferon treatment.

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  • 1Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts 02118, USA.


One hundred eighty human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)- and hepatitis C virus (HCV)-coinfected patients were prospectively evaluated for suitability for interferon and ribavirin therapy. Of the 149 patients with chronic HCV infection who completed the evaluation, 44 (30%) were eligible for treatment and 105 (70%) were ineligible, with the main barriers being missed clinic visits, active psychiatric illness, active drug or alcohol use, decompensated liver disease, or medical illness.

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