People coinfected with HIV
and HCV in Canada had a 12 times higher death rate than the general
population of Canada, according to a 2003-2013 analysis. None of the
analyzed HIV/HCV subgroups had a death rate similar to the general
Several studies show that some people with HIV—usually excluding
injection drug users—are now living as long as their age and gender
counterparts in the general population. To see if HIV/HCV-coinfected
people are approaching the general population in longevity, researchers
analyzed deaths in the multicenter prospective Canadian Co-infection
The research team recorded deaths that occurred between 2003 and 2013.
For people who fell out of the cohort during that period, the
investigators determined vital status through Canadian provincial
records. They calculated standardized mortality ratios (SMRs) comparing
death rates in coinfected people with death rates of people the same age
and gender and living in the same province in 2009.