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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Risk of Liver-Related Deaths Twice as High With Chronic Hep B Versus Hep C

In a cohort of men who have sex with men, most of whom were living with HIV, those who were coinfected with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) were twice as likely to die of liver disease compared with those chronically infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), according to a new report published online ahead of print by Clinical Infectious Diseases.

“This study emphasizes the need for a more aggressive approach to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of [chronic HBV infection], including increasing vaccination rates among all [hep B] susceptible individuals,” writes Oluwaseun Falade-Nwulia, MD, of Johns Hopkins University and her Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) colleagues. “This is especially true in Asian and African countries where there is a high prevalence of [chronic HBV], HIV infection and HIV/HBV coinfection.”

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