What Is Hepatitis & HIV Co-Infection?

laboratory microscope lens in a lab(BlackDoctor.org) — (BlackDoctor.org) — Coinfection with HIV and the hepatitis C virus (HCV) or hepatitis B virus is a growing public health concern. Because the diseases are spread in similar ways — notably through shared use of needles to inject drugs and sexual activity — many people are coinfected with HIV and HCV, HIV and HBV, or even all three viruses.

An estimated 200,000-300,000 people in the U.S. have both HIV and HCV. Experts believe that about 25% of Americans with HIV also have HCV; conversely some 10% of people with HCV are thought to also have HIV.

Hepatitis is a viral infection that attacks liver cells. There are three main types of hepatitis: A, B and C.

Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by a virus that does not produce long-term or chronic liver problems. A can help prevent hepatitis A infection, but if you get hep A, it will usually resolve itself within six months. vaccine

Hepatitis B and C can cause cirrhosis, cancer and death. A vaccine to prevent hepatitis B exists, and while hep B cannot be cured, it can be treated. No vaccine exists for ; however, the treatment can cure it. hepatitis C