Common virus holds out hope for people with HIV

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 15 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:592
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    An apparently harmless and relatively common virus discovered only six years ago allows people infected with HIV to live substantially longer by slowing the progression to full blown AIDS, researchers report in two new studies.

    The researchers found that infection with the virus, known as GB virus C or hepatitis G virus, improves survival in patients infected with HIV by directly influencing HIV replication (New England Journal of Medicine 2001;345:707-14 and 715-24).

    In the first study Dr Daniel Diekema of the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City and colleagues followed 362 patients infected with HIV, of whom 144 …

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