Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research

ISSN: 2155-6113

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Magnitude of Hepatitis B Virus and Hepatitis C Virus among HAART Taking Patients and Association with Liver and Renal Function and CD4+ T Cells Level


Nebiyou Yemanebrhane, Desalegn Addise, Nardos Abebe, Fassika Abebe, Aster Shewaamare and Aster Tsegaye

Background: Co-infection of Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and Hepatitis C virus (HCV) are very prevalent and the primary cause for morbidity and mortality among patients with Human immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The aim of this study was to assess the magnitude of HBV and HCV infection and its association with liver and renal function, and CD4+ T cell levels of highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) taking patients. Method: A hospital based cross sectional study was conducted at Zewditu Memorial Hospital. Participants’ sociodemographic and clinical information were collected from the anti-retroviral therapy (ART) database. Blood samples were collected from 384 volunteer, patients taking HAART for at least 1 year to investigate CD4, HBSAg, HCVAb, liver and renal function. Data was entered and analyzed by SPSS version 20 and p value less than 0.05 was taken as statistically significant. Results: Of the 384 participants, 222 (57.81%) were females, and 168 (43.75%) were in age group 30-39 years. Overall burden of HBV and HCV were 21 (5.7%). Co-infection rates of HBV-HIV, HCV-HIV and HBV-HCV-HIV were 18 (4.7%), 4 (1%) and 1 (0.2%), respectively. Co-infected study participants had significantly raised mean liver enzyme levels (AST, ALT and ALP) than mono-infected ones. There was no statistically significant difference for renal function parameters between mono-infected and co-infected HAART taking patients. Co-infected HIV patients had lower mean level of CD4 compared to mono-infected ones. Conclusion: HBV and HCV co-infected HIV patients are more likely to have abnormal liver enzyme levels and tend to have low mean CD4 count than mono-infected HIV patients. Large scale cohort study is recommended for consolidating the current findings.


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