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IDWeek 2014: Age, Sex, and Race Predict Spontaneous Hepatitis C Virus Clearance

African-Americans, men, and older people were less likely to experience natural hepatitis C virus (HCV) clearance without treatment, according to findings presented at IDWeek 2014 last week in Philadelphia. Overall, out of more than 1000 people with newly reported HCV infection, 15% spontaneously cleared the virus.

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HCV Genotype 3, Hispanic Ethnicity Linked to Higher Risk of Cirrhosis, Liver Cancer

People with hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 3 are more likely to progress to liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) compared to people with other genotypes, according to a recent report. A related study found that people of Hispanic/Latino ethnicity are also more likely to develop advanced liver disease.

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DDW 2014: Drinking More Coffee Is Associated with Less Liver Fibrosis

People with hepatitis C who drink more cups of coffee per day may have a lower likelihood of developing advanced liver fibrosis or cirrhosis -- but only if it contains caffeine, and tea does not appear to have a similar effect, according to a study presented at the Digestive Disease Week (DDW 2014) meeting this week in Chicago.

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CROI 2014: How Fast Does Fibrosis Progress in Acute Hepatitis C Patients with and without HIV?

Liver disease was found to progress slowly in studies of both HIV negative people with newly acquired hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HIV/HCV coinfected people with acute HCV, according to a pair of studies presented at the recent Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.

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Even Moderate Alcohol Use Raises Liver Fibrosis Risk in HIV/HCV Coinfected People

People with HIV alone or hepatitis C virus alone were more likely to have advanced liver fibrosis if they drank more alcohol, but people coinfected with both HIV and HCV had a greater risk of advanced fibrosis even with moderate or "non-hazardous" drinking, according to a report in the May 15 edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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