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Offline Pyr0

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HCV Coinfection...
« on: June 01, 2006, 11:34:07 am »

I was hoping that some of the experts here could clear up a very confusing matter for me.  I have read numerous times that simultaneous infection with HIV and Hep C from the same incident (coinfection) can lead to delayed seroconversion.

I have also read conflicting information that in cases like this, seroconversion will only be delayed for a matter of a few days at most.  The information on this is so inconsistent Ė those that believe it does delay seroconversion (Dr. Bob from the Body is one example) seem to be just as sure of themselves as those who believe it will not delay seroconversion in any meaningful way.

So I was hoping I could maybe get some clarity on the issue from the most credible HIV resource on the internet.  Can coinfection with Hep C cause someone to test negative for HIV at 13+ weeks, even though they have been infected.  Why is or isnít this the case?  Has anyone seen someone simultaneously infected by both and still test positive for HIV well within the 13 week window period?  Could it cause a false negative out to or even past 6 months?

I guess what I am asking is what basis do people have for believing coinfection does not interfere with seroconversion and therefore why do so many people still say it will?

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Re: HCV Coinfection...
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2006, 11:43:42 am »

I'd like to know why you're asking. It is very rare for hep C to be transmitted sexually and therefore it is rare for someone to become infected with both hiv and hep C at the same time, since hiv is primarily transmitted through unprotected intercourse.

This is also why there aren't many hard facts concerning delayed hiv seroconversion when infection with hep C has taken place at the same time. But, from all I know about both hiv and hep C, I fall into the camp that says a simultaneous infection with both hiv and hcv shouldn't affect the seroconversion time of either.

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Offline Chicago_911

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Re: HCV Coinfection...
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2006, 01:25:37 pm »
Actually Dr. Bob of the body site is in the same camp as Ann.  Below is a link Dr Bob's answer for a similar question:



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