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Hepatitis C Infection and the Risk of Non-Liver-Related Morbidity and Mortality in HIV-Infected Persons in the Swiss HIV Cohort Study

Helen Kovari, Andri Rauch, Roger Kouyos, Mathieu Rougemont, Matthias Cavassini, Patrick Schmid, Marcel Stöckle, Enos Bernasconi, Rainer Weber, Bruno Ledergerber & Swiss HIV Cohort Study


Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection has been associated with increased non-liver-related morbidity and mortality. However, studies have yielded inconsistent results.

The incidence of clinical events in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)–infected HCV-seropositive and incidence density–matched HCV-seronegative participants of the Swiss HIV Cohort Study from August 1994 to December 2014 was studied. We compared (1) HCV-seropositive with HCV-seronegative participants and (2) HCV-viremic with successfully treated nonviremic patients. Poisson regression was used to assess differences between these groups.

We included 2503 HCV-seropositive participants (540 with spontaneous HCV clearance, 1294 untreated HCV RNA positive, 345 treated with sustained virologic response [SVR], 43 during treatment, and 281 treated without SVR), and 2503 HCV-seronegative controls. After a mean follow-up of 8.2 years, we observed (HCV seropositive and HCV seronegative, respectively) 107 and 18 liver events, 41 and 14 kidney events, 230 and 121 osteoporosis/fractures, 82 and 94 diabetes mellitus, 114 and 129 cardiovascular events, 119 and 147 non-AIDS malignancies, 162 and 126 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HIV category B/C events, 106 and 10 liver-related deaths, and 227 and 218 non-liver-related deaths. Compared with HCV-negative controls, HCV-seropositive participants had an increased risk of liver events (incidence rate ratio [IRR], 6.29 [95% confidence interval {CI}, 3.52–11.22]), liver-related death (IRR, 8.24 [95% CI, 3.61–18.83]), kidney events (IRR, 2.43 [95% CI, 1.11–5.33]), and osteoporosis/fracture (IRR, 1.43 [95% CI, 1.03–2.01]). Among HCV-seropositive individuals, treated participants without SVR vs those with SVR had a higher risk of liver events (IRR, 6.79 [95% CI, 2.33–19.81]), liver-related death (IRR, 3.29 [95% CI, 1.35–8.05]), and diabetes mellitus (IRR, 4.62 [95% CI, 1.53–13.96]). Similar but not statistically significant differences were found between untreated HCV RNA–positive patients and those with SVR.

While HCV exposure was associated with an increased risk of kidney disease and osteoporosis/fracture, this risk did not seem to be dependent of persistent HCV RNA. Successful HCV treatment was associated with a lower incidence of liver disease, liver-related death, and diabetes mellitus, whereas the other conditions studied were less affected.
citation Kovari H, Rauch A, Kouyos R, Rougemont M, Cavassini M, Schmid P, Stöckle M, Bernasconi E, Weber R, Ledergerber B, Swiss HIV Cohort Study . Hepatitis C Infection and the Risk of Non-Liver-Related Morbidity and Mortality in HIV-Infected Persons in the Swiss HIV Cohort Study. Clin Infect Dis 2017; 64:490-497.
type journal paper/review (English)
date of publishing 2017
journal title Clin Infect Dis (64/4)
ISSN electronic 1537-6591
pages 490-497
PubMed 28172403
DOI 10.1093/cid/ciw809