“Hepatitis C infection has serious long-term side effects, such as
damage to the liver, but our research indicates that it does not affect
Advances in treatment for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have
made it possible for people with HIV to survive much longer. As they
age, however, many experience impaired thinking, memory loss, mood
swings and other evidence of impaired mental function.
stop these changes, scientists have to learn what is causing them. One
possibility researchers are considering is that long-term infections
with other pathogens, common in HIV-positive patients, are affecting the
brain. But a new study has eliminated one of their prime suspects: the
hepatitis C virus, which infects about one in every three HIV-positive
patients in the United States.
conducted by a team that includes scientists at Washington University
School of Medicine in St. Louis, appeared Dec. 10 in Neurology.
Reference: Clifford DB, Vaida F, Kao Y-T, Franklin DR, Letendre SL,
Collier AC, Marra CM, Gelman BB, McArthur JC, Morgello S, Simpson DM,
Grant I, Heaton RK. Absence of neurocognitive effect of hepatitis C
infection in HIV-coinfected people. Neurology. Dec. 10, 2014
Labels: Coinfection, mental function, neurocognitive effect