UT Health San Antonio receives $6.4 million to study hepatitis C in HIV patients

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SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 12, 2017) ― Waridibo Allison, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of infectious disease at UT Health San Antonio, has been awarded a three-year, $6.4 million grant to study hepatitis C in people living with HIV. The grant is from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Nearly 400,000 residents of Texas are infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV),” Dr. Allison said. “HIV infection accelerates the progression of liver disease in people co-infected with both HIV and HCV compared to those with HCV only. It is therefore important that co-infected patients are cured of HCV infection,” Dr. Allison said.

“This grant funding provides an opportunity to implement comprehensive, effective HCV screening, care, treatment and surveillance systems in people living with HIV, including people of color,” she added.

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U90HA31461, Special Projects of National Significance, for a total of $6,438,558. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.”

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