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Tenofovir Usually Suppresses Hepatitis B in HIV/HBV Coinfected People

Tenofovir led to undetectable hepatitis B virus (HBV) levels in 87% of HIV positive coinfected individuals, and a similar proportion maintained viral suppression over 6 years, according to a study described in the June 20 advance edition of Hepatology.

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DDW 2014: Outcomes in HBV/HCV Coinfected People Depend on Which Virus Dominates

Among HBV/HCV coinfected people, about half have dominant hepatitis B virus while half have dominant hepatitis C, and those with active HBV replication are at higher risk of liver-related complications and death, according to study findings presented at Digestive Disease Week this month in Chicago.

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AASLD 2013: Sofosbuvir + Ribavirin Produces Sustained Response in 76% of GT 1 HIV/HCV Coinfected Patients

An interferon-free regimen of sofosbuvir plus ribavirin taken for 24 weeks cured three-quarters of previously untreated HIV positive people coinfected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1, while 12 weeks of treatment cured 88% and 67% of those with genotypes 2 or 3, according to findings from the Phase 3 PHOTON-1 study presented this week at the 64th AASLD Liver Meeting in Washington, DC.

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Antiretroviral Therapy Reduces Liver Decompensation Risk in HIV/HCV Coinfected Patients

HIV positive people with hepatitis C coinfection who start combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) are less likely to develop decompensated liver disease, or liver failure, according to a study published in the March 1, 2014, edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. These findings offer further support for early ART initiation for people with viral hepatitis.

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AASLD 2013: High Response Rates with Telaprevir Triple Therapy for HIV+ Men with Acute Hepatitis C

Adding telaprevir (Incivek) to pegylated interferon and ribavirin shortens the duration of treatment and improves sustained response rates for HIV positive men with acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, according to a presentation yesterday at the at the 64thAASLD Liver Meeting in Washington, DC.

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Antiretrovirals Reduce Liver Decompensation in HIV/HCV Coinfected

Starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) reduces the likelihood that HIV positive people coinfected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) will develop decompensated liver disease, according to a report published in the November 27, 2013, advance edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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IDWeek 2103: Predicting Response to Acute Hepatitis C Treatment for HIV/HCV Coinfected People

HIV/HCV coinfected people with higher HCV viral load, lower CD4 T-cell counts, older age, and unfavorable IL28B status may not respond as well to interferon-based treatment for acute hepatitis C and may benefit from adding a direct-acting antiviral agent, researchers reported at the 2nd IDWeek meeting last week in San Francisco.

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AASLD 2013: Faldaprevir + Interferon/Ribavirin Leads to Early Sustained Response for HIV/HCV Coinfected

The HCV protease inhibitor faldaprevir plus pegylated interferon and ribavirin improved 4-week sustained response rates for HIV positive people coinfected with genotype 1 hepatitis C in the STARTVerso4 trial, according to a poster presented at the 64th AASLD Liver Meeting last week in Washington, DC.

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IDWeek 2013: Liver Fibrosis Linked to Immune Activation in HIV/HCV Coinfected Women

CD4 and CD8 T-cell activation were found to be associated with biomarkers of liver fibrosis among HIV/HCV coinfected women, suggesting that immune activation related to persistent HIV infection may play a role in liver disease progression, researchers reported at the Second IDWeek conference this week in San Francisco.

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