Those with HIV might experience rapid liver damage.
Men who have sex with men (MSM) who are living with HIV and contract hepatitis C virus (HCV) are at risk of rapid progression of liver fibrosis (scarring), aidsmap reports. Multiple U.S. and European studies have reached this conclusion, and now a larger study on the topic has come out of Germany.
There is an epidemic of sexually transmitted HCV among HIV-positive MSM in particular. HIV-negative MSM are also at risk but apparently to a lesser extent.
The German researchers conducted a retrospective single-center cohort study spanning 2002 to 2013 and including 178 HIV-positive MSM who contracted HCV 213 times. Eighteen percent of these infections were reinfections after a man had spontaneously cleared or been cured of hep C.
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