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Friday, April 27, 2012
Chronic hepatitis B infection associated with twice the risk of liver-related death compared to hepatitis C
The study involved gay and other men who have sex with men, most of whom were HIV positive. Hepatitis B remained associated with a two-fold increase in the risk of liver-related death when analysis was restricted to HIV-positive individuals. The risk of liver-related mortality was especially high for people with a low CD4 cell count.