While people with HIV are typically tested for hepatitis C virus (HCV)
upon entering care, follow-up hep C screens are less common, aidsmap
reports. Publishing their findings in Clinical Infectious Diseases,
researchers conducted a retrospective study of 70,000 HIV-positive
people receiving primary care at seven clinics throughout the United
States between 2000 and 2011.
Eighty-five percent of the study
sample received hep C testing when entering care. Out of the 9,000
people who did not have the virus and who stayed in care for a year or
more, 56 percent were retested for it. Between 35 percent and 79 percent
of the cohorts at the respective sites were retested.