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It is important to note the chronic viral hepatitis evolves more rapidly towards cirrhosis in patients who are also infected (co-infected) with HIV/AIDS. In these situations, a more aggressive treatment approach is recommended and warranted. Hepatitis B (HBV) or C (HCV or Hep C) infection can also have a negative impact on an HIV/AIDS infection as the inflammation caused by the virus may impair the body’s ability to manage and eliminated powerful anti-HIV medications (anti-retrovirals or ART) from the organism. The liver metabolizes a great number of ARTs. Subsequently a chronic hepatitis B or C infection may complicate HIV/AIDS therapy, may limit potential therapeutic choices and may increase possible side effects by cumulative actions on the liver.