new HCV cover 2013Any diagnosis can be difficult and having two infections can be more stressful.

The information in this guide should help you feel more in control of some of the treatment choices so that you can focus on other things you want to do in life.

Introduction

First questions

Hepatitis C transmission

Natural history of hepatitis C

New infections in HIV positive gay men

Long-term coinfection from blood products or by injection drug use

Testing and monitoring

HCV treatment and management

Side effects and management strategies

Deciding whether to treat hepatitis C

Research into new drugs

Living with coinfection

Other viral hepatitis infections

Controversial aspects of HCV

HIV vs. hepatitis C: similarities and differences

Further information

Diagram: the liver and related organs

Lab results record sheet

References

Credits and disclaimer

Written and compiled by Simon Collins (HIV i-Base) and Tracy Swan (Treatment Action Group, USA).

Thanks to Sanjay Bhagani, Polly Clayden, Giulio Maria Corbelli, Marc Ennals, Juanse Hernandez. Robert James, Maxime Journiac, Gemma Peppé, David Stuart, Kate Thomson and Miguel Vázquez for review comments and to Beth Higgins for drawings.

People living with HIV and HCV are included in the review group and have provided additional contributions and comments.

Thanks to the Monument Trust for continued financial support.

Cover design and original layout of print edition by No Days Off. Produced by HIV i-Base.

Disclaimer:  information in this booklet is not intended to replace information from your doctor. Decisions relating to treatment should always be taken in consultation with your doctor.

About our guides

Information about how we produced this guide and the importance of direct and easy to understand language. This includes information on how to write non technical medical information that may be useful as a resource for other organisations.

1 November 2013