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They also have a higher rate of death from cancer after receiving a diagnosis.
HIV-positive people with a higher viral load over a longer period appear more likely to develop hepatocellular carcinoma.
Researchers followed nearly 10,000 people with hepatitis C, some of whom were treated with direct-acting antivirals.
Being diagnosed with liver cancer at a later stage of the disease was associated with a lower three-year survival rate.
A European study of nearly 19,000 people with HIV also found that curing hep C was not associated with heart disease or non-AIDS cancer.
The Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle saw many important studies that are advancing the fight against HIV.
Scientists have firmly established an association between direct-acting antiviral treatment and a lower risk of liver cancer and death.
Better antiretrovirals have likely mitigated HIV’s effects on the risk of end-stage liver disease and liver cancer in those with hep C.
Those who exercise build up less liver fat, which is tied to inflammation that may give rise to cancer.
Researchers looked both at the first and second time people with HIV have been diagnosed with cancer.
However, while HbA1c and fasting glucose levels decline after a hep C cure, the clinical significance of such shifts remains unclear.
Scientists aren’t sure, but they know that the risk that a previous case of liver cancer will return remains high for those cured of hep C.
The annual scientific meeting on liver health revealed exciting new findings concerning the battle against the hep C epidemic.
Compared with their HIV-negative peers, HIV-positive individuals have higher rates of treatment for a host of health problems.
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