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Using hepatitis C virus (HCV) core-antigen testing to screen for acute hep C cases among HIV-positive people is reliable and saves time, money and resources when compared with polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing. Publishing their findings in Clinical Infectious Diseases, researchers conducted a study comparing the capacity of PCR and core-antigen tests to diagnose recent HCV infections among people living with HIV.
There is an epidemic of sexually transmitted HCV among HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM). So the need is great for effective means of detecting cases as early as possible, especially because acute HCV has a tendency to lead to rapid liver damange among people coinfected with HIV.
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