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Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Co-infected Patients With Cirrhosis Are No Longer at Higher Risk for Hepatocellular Carcinoma or End-Stage Liver Disease as Compared to HCV Mono-infected Patients

Dominique Salmon-Ceron, Pierre Nahon, Richard Layese, Valérie Bourcier, Philippe Sogni, Firouze Bani-Sadr, Etienne Audureau, Laurence Merchadou, François Dabis, Linda Wittkop, Françoise Roudot-Thoraval
Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases 2018 December 19
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It is widely accepted that human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is a risk factor for increased severity of hepatitis C virus (HCV) liver disease. However, owing to better efficacy and safety of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART), and increased access to HCV therapy, whether this condition remains true is still unknown. Overall, 1,253 HCV mono-infected patients and 175 HIV/HCV co-infected patients with cirrhosis, included in two prospective French national cohorts (ANRS CO12 CirVir and CO13 HEPAVIH), were studied. Cirrhosis was compensated (Child-Pugh A), without past history of complication, and assessed on liver biopsy. Incidences of liver decompensation (LD), hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and death according to HIV status were calculated by a Fine-Gray model adjusted for age. Propensity score matching was also performed to minimize confounding by baseline characteristics. At baseline, HIV/HCV patients were younger (47.5 vs. 56.0 years; P < 0.001), more frequently males (77.1% vs. 62.3%; P < 0.001), and had at baseline and at end of follow-up similar rates of HCV eradication than HCV mono-infected patients. A total of 80.4% of HIV/HCV patients had an undetectable HIV viral load. After adjustment for age, 5-year cumulative incidences of HCC and decompensation were similar in HIV/HCV and HCV patients (8.5% vs. 13.2%, P = 0.12 and 12.8% vs. 15.6%, P = 0.40, respectively). Overall mortality adjusted for age was higher in HIV/HCV co-infected patients (subhazard ratio [SHR] = 1.88; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.15-3.06; P = 0.011). Factors associated with LD and HCC were age, absence of sustained virological response, and severity of cirrhosis, but not HIV status. Using a propensity score matching 95 patients of each group according to baseline features, similar results were observed. Conclusion: In HCV-infected patients with cirrhosis, HIV co-infection was no longer associated with higher risks of HCC and hepatic decompensation. Increased mortality, however, persisted, attributed to extrahepatic conditions.

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