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HIV and Hepatitis C

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About five million people living with HIV, or 15% of the total HIV-positive population, are co-infected with hepatitis C, and Southeast Asia and Africa have larger numbers of co-infected individuals than other regions. However, due to the prohibitively high cost of effective hepatitis C treatments and a lack of physician experience in managing the treatment and its side effects, many people with hepatitis C in Asia remain untreated. As a result, hepatitis C co-infection has become a significant cause of death among people living with HIV in the region.

TREAT Asia is investigating how to better diagnose and treat hepatitis C in individuals co-infected with HIV in resource-limited settings, with the aim of developing a pilot model for treatment provision and education that can be replicated across the Asia-Pacific. TREAT Asia is also collaborating with regional partners to advocate for the increased availability of hepatitis C treatment in Asia.

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