BY Advocate.com Editors

November 18 2009 11:00 AM ET

An analysis of nearly 17,000 hepatitis C patients has unveiled a disturbing find for people coinfected with HIV. HIV-HCVers were about three times more likely to progress to advanced liver disease or to die of liver-related complications than those only infected with HCV.

But HIV's ability to speed hepatitis-related illnesses was linked to a lack of antiretroviral treatment, the researchers say.

'Without highly active antiretroviral therapy, HIV accelerates HIV disease progression, including death, histological fibrosis/cirrhosis, and decompensated liver disease,' the researchers concluded in the World Journal of Gastroenterology.

Rates of liver cancer, however, were not increased by HIV coinfection or a lack of anti-HIV treatment, according to the study data.





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