The two-edged sword: vasculitis associated with HIV and hepatitis C coinfection

Samar Ojaimi, Ming-Wei Lin, Kasha Singh, Ian John Woolley

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Vasculitis has long been associated with chronic viral infections, thus the twin perils of the infection and the immune response against it that bedevils the specialties of infection and immunity. After HIV was identified, it too became associated with vasculitic syndromes. Later, hepatitis C virus was also isolated, identified and described with its own spectrum of vasculitic diseases, including hepatitis C virus-associated cryoglobulinaemia. With the increasing prevalence of HIV and hepatitis C virus coinfection, there has come an increasing recognition of the range of vasculitides that can occur in this population leading to significant morbidity, diagnostic and treatment challenges. In this review, we examine the epidemiology, pathogenesis and general principles of treatment of these systemic diseases in HIV/hepatitis C virus coinfected individuals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77 - 88
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of STD and AIDS
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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