Hepatitis C: Co-infections

Overview

To have a ‘co-infection’ or be ‘co-infected’ means to have infection with two or more viruses at the same time. This term is often used in the context of hepatitis C and HIV, but can also be applied to other combinations of conditions.

There can be implications for care and treatment if someone has a co-infection. For example, one condition might affect how the other progresses, or there may be interactions between the drugs used to treat the two conditions.

This information was originally adapted from Hepatitis C: Understanding a silent killer, published by the European Liver Patients Association. It was updated in 2016.

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