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Keywords:

  • chronic hepatitis B;
  • chronic hepatitis C;
  • co-infection;
  • HIV;
  • interferon-alpha;
  • lamivudine;
  • tenofovir

Abstract  Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections are common in HIV-infected individuals due to shared routes of acquisition. In the era of effective HIV therapeutics, the long-term consequences of these infections are becoming apparent with liver disease emerging as a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. The pathogenesis of these hepatotropic viruses is altered in the setting of HIV-infection as demonstrated by decreased rates of HBV and HCV clearance and increased rates of liver disease progression. Treatment of these chronic viral infections in HIV-infected individuals is complex and the available treatment options have low response rates. Thus, improved treatments and more studies are needed in order to determine the optimal management of HIV-infected patients co-infected with HBV or HCV.