Journal article

GB virus C genotype 2 predominance in a hepatitis C virus/HIV infected population associated with reduced liver disease

Mark D Berzsenyi, D Scott Bowden, Stuart K Roberts, Peter A Revill

Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology | WILEY | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND AIM: GB virus C (GBV-C) infection in hepatitis C virus (HCV)/HIV co-infection is associated with a significant reduction in the severity of HCV-related liver disease. The role of GBV-C genotype in this association is unknown. It has been suggested that GBV-C genotype may influence CD4 positive T-cell counts in HCV/HIV co-infected patients. The aim of the present study was to identify the GBV-C genotype in a HCV/HIV co-infected population and determine if the GBV-C genotype contributes to a reduction in HCV-related liver disease. METHODS: GBV-C RNA from 57 patients who were co-infected with HCV/HIV was analyzed. GBV-C RNA was detected by reverse transcription-polymerase chain r..

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