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Coinfection of Hepatitis C Virus

There is a high rate of coinfection of hepatitis C virus (HCV) for people living with HIV/AIDS because both can be transmitted through injection drug use. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 25% of people living with HIV are infected with HCV and about 75% of people living with HIV who inject drugs also have HCV. HCV has very low rates of awareness because it can be asymptomatic for years, so people may not be aware that they are infected. All people living with HIV should be tested for HCV because of the high rate of coinfection.

Resources to Learn More

Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis
Reviews background information on the 5 distinct strains of viral hepatitis and how to address the priority areas laid out by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Organization(s): Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Date: 3/2015

Viral Hepatitis
Includes links to background information, policies and guidelines, the HHS Action Plan to address HCV, and additional information about HCV.
Organization(s): U.S. Department of Health & Human Services