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Eur J Med Res. 1998 Jun 17;3(6):269-77.

Human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis C virus coinfection.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, University of Bonn, Sigmund-Freud-Strasse, D-53105 Bonn, Germany.


Hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) share the same parenteral, sexual and vertical routes of transmission (McNair et al. 1992). This common epidemiology explains the high frequency of combined infections by hepatotropic viruses in HIV-infected patients. The aim of the present review is to clarify some important issues dealing with the reciprocal interactions between HIV and hepatitis C virus infections. The main topics include epidemiology, virological markers of HIV-infection, histopathology, natural course and treatment of hepatitis C in HIV-infected individuals.

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