Coinfection with hepatitis C virus and HIV: The challenges of management
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- Comar, K.M. & Sterling, R.K. Curr hepatitis rep (2006) 5: 154. doi:10.1007/s11901-006-0025-9
Coinfection with hepatitis C virus (HCV) is common in HIV-infected individuals, presumably because of the shared route of transmission of these viruses. Highly active antiretroviral therapy has made liver disease caused by HCV a predominant cause of morbidity and mortality among coinfected patients. Patients with HIV infection therefore should be evaluated for the presence of HCV. If the patient is found to be coinfected, a multidisciplinary team should determine whether the individual is a candidate for treatment with pegylated interferon and ribavirin. This article details the principles of successful management of this challenging patient population.