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A Guide to Coinfection
When a person is infected with two or more different disease-causing organisms it is called coinfection. Infection with the hepatitis C virus is the most common coinfection in people with HIV, and hepatitis C is categorized as an HIV-related opportunistic illness. Complications related to HIV/HCV coinfection have become an increasingly important medical issue in people with HIV.
Easy-C Guide to HIV and Hep C Coinfection
• All people with HIV should be tested for Hep C. • The government estimates that there are more than 4 million Americans infected with hepatitis C and about 1.1 million Americans living with HIV. Of people with HIV in the United States, about 25% are coinfected with hepatitis C. • The liver can become very damaged and in a much shorter period of time in someone who is infected with both viruses.