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