Alcohol use, viral hepatitis and liver fibrosis among HIV-positive persons in West Africa: a cross-sectional study.

Jaquet, Antoine; Wandeler, Gilles; Nouaman, Marcellin; Ekouevi, Didier K; Tine, Judicaël; Patassi, Akouda; Coffie, Patrick A; Tanon, Aristophane; Seydi, Moussa; Attia, Alain; Dabis, François (2017). Alcohol use, viral hepatitis and liver fibrosis among HIV-positive persons in West Africa: a cross-sectional study. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 19(1), pp. 1-10. BioMed Central 10.7448/IAS.20.1.21424

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INTRODUCTION Liver fibrosis is often the first stage of liver disease in people living with HIV (PLWHIV) in industrialized countries. However, little is known about liver fibrosis and its correlates among PLWHIV in sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS The study was undertaken in three HIV referral clinics in Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal and Togo. Enrolled PLWHIV underwent a non-invasive assessment of liver fibrosis combining liver stiffness measure (LSM) with transient elastography and the aspartate aminotransferase-to-platelet ratio index (APRI). Significant liver fibrosis was defined as LSM ≥7.1 kPa. Patients were screened for alcohol use (alcohol use disorder identification test (AUDIT)-C questionnaire), hepatitis B virus (HBV) antigen, hepatitis Delta virus (HDV) antibody and anti-hepatitis C (HCV) antibody. A logistic regression model was used to identify the factors associated with significant liver fibrosis. RESULTS A total of 807 PLWHIV were screened at a median age of 43 years (interquartile range (IQR): 36-50). Their median CD4 count was 393 cells/mm(3) (IQR: 234-563) and 682 (84.5%) were on antiretroviral therapy (ART). The prevalence of significant fibrosis was 5.3% (3.8-6.7). Infections with HBV and HCV were identified in 74 (9.2%) and nine (1.1%) participants. Main factors associated with liver fibrosis were alcohol use (AUDIT-C >6): (odds ratio (OR) = 4.0, confidence interval (CI): 1.2-14.0), (Ref. AUDIT-C <4) and HBV infection (OR = 2.9, CI: 1.2-7.2). Of the 74 patients positively screened for HBV, 50.0% were on a tenofovir-based ART regimen. Overall, 10% of HIV/HBV coinfected patients were detected with a positive HDV antibody with a higher prevalence in patients with a significant liver fibrosis (43.0%) compared to others (6.3%) (p = 0.01). CONCLUSION Considering the WHO recommendations to screen for HBV infection and treat co-infected patients with tenofovir-based ART, screening of alcohol use and brief interventions to prevent alcohol abuse should be implemented in West Africa, especially in HBV/HIV co-infected patients.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Haematology, Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Laboratory Medicine and Hospital Pharmacy (DOLS) > Clinic of Infectiology

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Wandeler, Gilles


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




BioMed Central




Annelies Luginbühl

Date Deposited:

11 Jul 2017 15:40

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16 Jul 2017 02:16

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Africa; HIV; alcohol; hepatitis B; hepatitis C; hepatitis D; liver fibrosis




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