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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.
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 (HCV) 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. It is estimated that approximately 1.2 million people in the U.S. are infected with HIV and 3.5 million are infected with hepatitis C. It is estimated that as many as 30% of people with HIV may also be coinfected with hepatitis C.