José Vicente Fernández-Montero

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The results from clinical trials testing new direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) for chronic hepatitis C were the major focus of interest at the 2012 annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver. Besides triple combinations, in which any one of the new DAAs is given along with peginterferon-α/ribavirin, clinical trials exploring(More)
The approval of directly acting antivirals (DAA) for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection will represent a major breakthrough for the 180 million persons infected worldwide. Paradoxically, hepatitis C is the only human chronic viral disease that can be cured, as all other pathogenic viruses infecting humans either display self-limited(More)
INTRODUCTION Several HCV polymerase inhibitors are in advanced stages of clinical development. They are nucleos(t)ide and non-nucleoside analogs. Nucleos(t)ides inhibit viral replication acting as chain terminators whereas non-nucleosides block allosterically the HCV polymerase. Sofosbuvir is an uridine analog and currently the most promising HCV polymerase(More)
BACKGROUND Outbreaks of acute hepatitis C in HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) are being reported in large cities in western countries along with increasing rates of sexually transmitted diseases. METHODS All HIV individuals attended at a large outclinic in Madrid within the last 5 years were examined. Incident syphilis was diagnosed based on(More)
Serum HCV RNA rebound beyond 24 weeks after completing hepatitis C therapy has been rarely reported. From 744 patients treated for chronic hepatitis C at our institution, 4 became HCV-RNA-positive again between weeks 36 and 48 post-treatment. Epidemiological and phylogenetic analyses supported very late HCV relapse instead of re-infection in two of them.(More)
INTRODUCTION The potency, tolerability and convenience of antiretroviral agents have all significantly improved over the past years, making lifelong HIV therapy easier. However, several specific needs are still unmet, including low daily pill burden, friendly metabolic profile, lack of (or few) drug interactions and high resistance barrier. AREAS COVERED(More)
BACKGROUND HIV protease inhibitors (PIs) are potent antiretroviral drugs that represent a pivotal component of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). PIs have evolved over the years to gain in potency, convenience, tolerability and genetic barrier to resistance. OBJECTIVE Updated summary of evidence-based information about the efficacy and safety(More)
INTRODUCTION The number of HIV patients receiving antiretroviral therapy is increasing worldwide, as new infections continue to occur and access to drugs is scaling up in most developing regions. Due to the efficacious nature of combination antiretroviral therapy in most drug-adherent patients, the concerns on the safety profile of these lifelong medicines(More)
Liver disease is currently one of the leading causes of hospitalization and death in HIV-positive individuals. Coinfection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major contributor to this trend. Besides hepatic damage, which is enhanced in the presence of HIV-associated immunosuppression, HCV may contribute to disease in coinfected individuals by(More)
BACKGROUND Liver disease is currently one of the leading causes of death in HIV individuals. Hepatic fibrosis largely mediates this effect and infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the most common cause. Few studies have examined so far the predictive value of liver fibrosis staging on mortality and liver decompensation in HIV/HCV-coinfected patients.(More)