Few Children Vertically Co-Infected With HIV and HCV Are Treated for HCV and the Response Is Low: Presented at ESPID

LEIPZIG, Germany -- May 15, 2015 -- Approximately 20% of children vertically infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) had already developed liver fibrosis by the end of adolescence, according to findings presented during a Short Oral Presentation Session on May 14th at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID).

“Rates of sustained viral response were very low in this small cohort, arousing the need of new therapeutic approaches for this population that may benefit from new drugs for HCV treatment,” said Talia Sainz-Costa, MD, Paediatrics, La Paz University Hospital, IdiPAZ Health Research Institute, Madrid, Spain, who noted the paucity of data regarding the natural history of children with vertical HIV/HCV co-infection and their response to anti-HCV treatment.


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