HIV and hepatitis C

During a debate in the House of Lords about HIV infection on the 1st December,  Lord Black raised the problem of co-infection with HIV and hepatitis C. He also asked what steps the government are taking to also identify, diagnose and treat people who are co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C.

Lord Black said: 

“...one of the significant barriers to effective HIV treatment is that it is often present with a co-infection such as hepatitis. What steps are the Government taking to identify, diagnose and treat people who are co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C, the most deadly form of the infection?”

Following the debate, he said:

"Whilst the government was unable to provide an immediate response I look forward to a written response. We have a long way to go to eliminating HIV, but those who have a co-infection with hepatitis C really do need to be identified early in order to receive very specific care." 

ENDS

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