Newsroom – Published on: June 18, 2020 AJMC
Despite the CDC’s recommendation, which has been in effect since 1998, study results show that just half of HIV-positive individuals choose to get tested for hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the 12 months following the receipt of their diagnosis.
Just half of individuals with HIV were ever tested for hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the year after receiving their HIV diagnosis, despite being at increased risk for the liver disease, report recent study results that appeared in Open Forum Infectious Diseases. Living in a rural area, too, meant this patient group was the least likely to get tested.
“Because HIV infection can accelerate the natural history of HCV infection leading to increased risk for cirrhosis, liver failure, and hepatitis C–related mortality, all individuals living with HIV should be tested for hepatitis C and linked to care where appropriate,” the study authors noted.
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