Co-infection of hepatitis C and HIV can up the risk of heart disease.
Having hepatitis C virus (HCV) in addition to HIV is associated with an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared with having only HIV. People with HIV already have as much as twice the risk of CVD compared with the general population.
Publishing their findings in the Journal of Viral Hepatology, researchers conducted a meta-analysis of four studies of people with HIV and hep C that examined CVD risk. The studies were all among adults and included populations of people in which none had experienced a CVD-related health event at the outset of the study period and a comparison group of people who only had HIV and not HCV.
All told, the four studies analyzed included 33,723 cohort members. The majority of the participants were men and the average age ranged between 36 and 48. Two of the studies were reviews of past medical data (retrospective) and two followed participants over time (prospective). The average follow-up time ranged between 2.3 and 7.3 years. The studies were conducted in the United States, Canada and Spain.
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