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In the Swiss HIV Cohort Study, researchers found that hepatitis C virus infection treatment uptake over the last 13 years has been low and many patients co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C remained untreated since 2013.
“The Swiss HIV Cohort Study offers an ideal platform to study the natural course of HCV infection and long-term influence of HCV treatments in a nationwide representative population of HIV-infected patients,” the researchers wrote in the Journal of Hepatology. “We aimed to assess the changes in epidemiology, clinical course and therapy of HCV infection between 2001 and 2013 and to characterize the population who remains eligible for the new HCV treatment options by the end of 2013.”
Of 12,401 patients, 17% were positive for HCV RNA (n = 2,107) and 23.8% were seropositive for HCV. Thirty-percent of the HCV RNA-positive patients (n = 636) began therapy with an incidence of 5.8 per 100 person-years (95% CI, 5.3-6.2). Of the patients treated with pegylated interferon and ribavirin, 50% achieved sustained virologic response, which represented 15% of all participants with replicating HCV infection, according to the research. Also, of the 636 treated patients, 11% were treated twice and 2% were treated at least 3 times.
Labels: access to HCV treatment, HCV Treatment, HIV-HCV coinfection, Journal of Hepatology