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Impact of HIV Access to Care Compared to HCV  

SILVER SPRING, MD, November 2012 – Hospital admission rates for people with hepatitis C (HCV) have risen nearly five-fold over a 15 year period. However, the hospitalization rate increased only slightly for those infected with both HIV and HCV. 

From 1996 through 2010, the rate of admission for HIV fell from 9.9 per 10,000 people to 5.3 while the rate for hepatitis C rose from 2.2 per 100,000 to 10.5. Hepatitis B was seen in 2% of those with HIV; 5% of those with HCV and 10% of those with co-infections.

Alcohol use was observed in 9% of the HIV group; 19% of the HCV; and 13% of the co-infected.

Injection drug use was seen in 15% of the HIV group; 17% of the HCV group; and 24% of the co-infection population.

Dr. Demetre Daskalakis of the New York University School of Medicine said  the quality of care for people with HIV with easier access to care under the Ryan White Care Act and the impact of  highly active retroviral therapy may have have played a role in patients’ better health.

For more information, contact:
Thelma K. Thiel