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HIV/AIDS & Hepatitis C

Discuss three ways the Hepatitis C epidemic is similar to the of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and three ways the Hepatitis C epidemic is different than the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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Hepatitis C is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). It is an infectious disease that mainly affects the liver (1). Although the infection is mostly asymptomatic, scarring of the liver leading to cirrhosis may occur due to chronic infection after several years (1).
Human immunodeficiency virus infection / acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The infection mainly attacks the human immune system (2). A prolonged infection by HIV, damages the immune system and leads the way for opportunistic infections including tumors resulting in the state of AIDS (2).
Similarities between Hepatitis C epidemic and HIV/AIDS epidemic
1. Hepatitis C does not have any protective vaccine as of now. There is no vaccine for HIV/AIDS as well.
2. The HCV virus can remain dormant for several years without causing any complications or Hepatitis C infection in the body (3). The HIV can also remain inside a human body and may never progress to AIDS ...

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The solution discusses three ways the Hepatitis C epidemic is similar to the of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and three ways the Hepatitis C epidemic is different than the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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