Occurrence of HBV/HIV coinfection by laboratory values in Roma, Lesotho

  • Eltony Mugomeri, Mamakoli Blandina Senauoane, Vurayai Ruhanya, Nyasha Chin’ombe, George Nyandoro
  • GERMS, March 2015, Asociatia Pentru Cresterea Vizibilitatii Cercetarii Stiintifice (ACVCS)
  • DOI: 10.11599/germs.2015.1065

Laboratory values indicate high prevalence of Hepatitis B in people living with HIV in Lesotho

What is it about?

This study was an assessment of the coinfection status of patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) in Lesotho, and this has been rarely reported. Findings indicated that up to 10.5% of HIV-positive patients may be coinfected with HBV/HIV, when other factors are considered. Gender and liver function tests are important predictors for HBV/HIV coinfection. Increased screening for HBV coinfection in HIV-positive patients is therefore recommended.

Why is it important?

This study highlights that HBV/HIV coinfection is more common than previously reported in high HIV burden settings. Scaling up HBV screening among HIV patients is important.


Dr Eltony Mugomeri
Africa University

HBV/HIV coinfection is a reality that needs action in high HIV burden settings.

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The following have contributed to this page: Prof Nyasha Chin'ombe, Dr Eltony Mugomeri, and George Nyandoro