New edition: HIV & hepatitis

Amelia Jones
Published: 12 January 2018

A new edition of our booklet HIV & hepatitis is now available online and in print through our patient information scheme. You can read it online at:

The liver and hepatitis

Having a healthy liver is important for everyone, but especially for people living with HIV. The liver plays a vital role in processing drugs used to treat HIV and other conditions.

‘Hepatitis’ means inflammation of the liver. It may be caused by viruses, heavy alcohol use, fat accumulation in the liver, genetic diseases or other factors.

Hepatitis B and C are common among people living with HIV as they are transmitted in some of the same ways as HIV. Having both HIV and hepatitis is known as 'co-infection'.

The HIV & hepatitis booklet

The HIV & hepatitis booklet is for people living with HIV who want to know more about hepatitis A, B and C. The information in the booklet can help you to avoid getting these viruses or to treat and manage the viruses if you have them.

The booklet includes sections on:

The booklet has been updated to reflect current treatment guidelines and information on the new direct-acting antiviral treatments available.

NAM’s Patient Information Subscription Scheme

UK-based HIV and GUM clinics can order copies of HIV & hepatitis, as well as our other booklets and leaflets in the series The basics, through our online portal as part of our patient information subscription scheme.

To find out if your clinic is registered or for information on joining the scheme, please email or call 020 7837 6988.

Thank you!

We would like to say a big thank you to the people with personal experience of HIV and hepatitis and members of our medical review panel for their assistance in reviewing this booklet. In particular: David Rowlands; Dr Sanjay Bhagani, Consultant Physician, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust; Tom Fernandez, Nurse Practitioner, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

We are also grateful to Janssen and Wandsworth Oasis for funding towards the production of this resource. Our funders have had no control over the design or content of the booklet.

Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.

NAM’s information is intended to support, rather than replace, consultation with a healthcare professional. Talk to your doctor or another member of your healthcare team for advice tailored to your situation.