Skip to main content

Epidemiological, virological and clinical characteristics of HBV infection in 223 HIV co-infected patients: a French multi-centre collaborative study



Chronic hepatitis B (CHB) is a clinical concern in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals due to substantial prevalence, difficulties to treat, and severe liver disease outcome. A large nationwide cross-sectional multicentre analysis of HIV-HBV co-infected patients was designed to describe and identify parameters associated with virological and clinical outcome of CHB in HIV-infected individuals with detectable HBV viremia.


A multicenter collaborative cross-sectional study was launched in 19 French University hospitals distributed through the country. From January to December 2007, HBV load, genotype, clinical and epidemiological characteristics of 223 HBV-HIV co-infected patients with an HBV replication over 1000 IU/mL were investigated.


Patients were mostly male (82%, mean age 42 years). Genotype distribution (A 52%; E 23.3%; D 16.1%) was linked to risk factors, geographic origin, and co-infection with other hepatitis viruses. This genotypic pattern highlights divergent contamination event timelines by HIV and HBV viruses. Most patients (74.7%) under antiretroviral treatment were receiving a drug with anti-HBV activity, including 47% receiving TDF. Genotypic lamivudine-resistance detected in 26% of the patients was linked to duration of lamivudine exposure, age, CD4 count and HIV load. Resistance to adefovir (rtA181T/V) was detected in 2.7% of patients. Advanced liver lesions were observed in 54% of cases and were associated with an older age and lower CD4 counts but not with viral load or genotype. Immune escape HBsAg variants were seldom detected.


Despite the detection of advanced liver lesions in most patients, few were not receiving anti-HBV drugs and for those treated with the most potent anti-HBV drugs, persistent replication suggested non-optimal adherence. Heterogeneity in HBV strains reflects epidemiological differences that may impact liver disease progression. These findings are strong arguments to further optimize clinical management and to promote vaccination in HIV-infected patients.


Due to common routes of infection, hepatitis B virus (HBV) and immune deficiency virus (HIV) are found concomitantly in approximately 9% of HIV-seropositive patients in Europe[1]. The natural history of HBV infection is complicated in such setting with an increased rate of chronic hepatitis, greater levels of HBV replication and increased incidence of cirrhosis and liver disease-related mortality. Persistence of HBV replication is regarded as a deleterious situation in the setting of HBV-HIV coinfection, and recent guidelines recommend to include, in highly-active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), at least one drug active on HBV and preferentially tenofovir disoproxyl fumarate (TDF)[24].

In HBV low-endemic countries several epidemiologic patterns may be identified: patients who lately acquired HBV are usually infected with HBV strains circulating in their living country, whereas patients originating from highly HBV endemic countries are often infected with an HBV strain acquired during childhood in their original country[5, 6]. In France, the two main characteristics of HBV infection in the general population are a large diversity of epidemiologic patterns and therefore HBV genotypes, and a low vaccine coverage rate, around 40%[5, 79]. Since around 7% of HIV-positive patients are infected with HBV, characterization of parameters associated with disease severity and viral resistance is of major importance to optimize therapeutic management[10]. Nevertheless, no nationwide study of HBV genotypic and clinical features in HIV-positive patients has been conducted. A large nationwide cross-sectional multicentre analysis of HIV-HBV co-infected patients was designed to specifically address these issues.

Materials and methods


Ethics statement: As recommended by "la Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital" Institutional Review Board, written information was given to patients for participation to the study. In compliance with the French law regarding clinical studies, when this work was initiated, and since this study was performed on stored samples obtained in the standard of care (no need for any additional blood draw), all patients were provided written information and gave verbal consent. All data were anonymously collected and analyzed. The study was conducted in accordance with the ethics principles of the Declaration of Helsinki. Two hundred and thirty four patients from 19 French hospitals were prospectively included from January to December 2007. Participating centres were distributed in major French regions in order to gather data from a representative sample of patients, independently of their place of living. Inclusion criteria were based on virological parameters. Guidelines regarding HIV and HBV treatment were those reported at that time[11]. Any sample addressed to one of the participating virology laboratories that showed HBV replication over 1000 IU/mL in an HIV-infected patient, whatever the HIV replication level, led to proposition for patient’s inclusion. Only one sample per patient was studied.

Data collection

Clinical and treatment data were retrospectively collected on patients' clinical files. Final analyzed figures are indicated wherever needed. All data were anonymously collected and analyzed. The study was conducted in accordance with the ethics principles of the Declaration of Helsinki.


A particular attention was made on treatment history for drugs active on HBV replication whether given for treating HIV or HBV infection. Patients were classified as having never received any of these drugs if, in their clinical history, they had not received either interferon (IFN), lamivudine (3TC), emtricitabine (FTC), adefovir (ADV), tenofovir (TDF), telbivudine (LdT) or entecavir (ETV), whatever the indication.


HBV viral loads expressed as IU/mL were determined by commercialized standardized techniques. Seventeen laboratories used real-time PCR assays, either Cobas-Taqman with a lower limit of detection (LLOD) of 12 IU/mL (Roche, Meylan, France) or HBV-RealTime with an LLOD of 10 IU/mL (Abbott, Rungis, France), 2 laboratories used either bDNA3.0 with an LLOD of 357 IU/mL (Siemens, Eragny, France) or Cobas-Monitor v2.0 with an LLOD of 60 IU/mL (Roche, Meylan, France).

HBV sequencing methodology was left at investigators discretion but a previously described consensus technical approach, along with a selected set of 37 HBV genotypes A to G Genbank sequences, was distributed and biologists in charge were encouraged to apply this technique to sequence the pol/S genes[12]. Finally, all sequences were centralized to one laboratory in order to confirm the genotyping analysis. Phylogenetic evolutionary analyses were conducted using MEGA-4.0[13]. In parallel to this approach, all sequences were also submitted to the “HBV-tool” accessible from

Statistical analysis

Qualitative data were expressed as numbers and percentages, quantitative data were expressed as mean ± 1 standard deviation or median [1st quartile-3rd quartile], depending on the distribution. Relationships between categorical data were tested by means of the chisquare or Fisher’s exact test when necessary. Means or medians were compared using non parametric tests, Mann Whitney test for two groups, or Kruskal Wallis test for 3 or more groups. To study the independent factors related to an event, a logistic regression analysis was performed, and the adjusted odd ratios (OR) are presented with their 95% confidence intervals. A p value of 0.05 or less was considered significant.


Study population

Table 1 describes the main characteristics of the patients included in the study. 223 patients with virological and clinical information forms could be analyzed. Bioclinical data were missing in 1 to 20% of cases, depending on the item. Most patients (178; 80%) were males and mostly of French origin (64.1%) while most women (58.3%) were from African sub-Saharan countries. The main risk factors for male were first, homosexuality (56.8%) followed by intravenous drug use (IVDU, 10.8%) whereas women mostly acquired their infection through heterosexual intercourse (75.6%) and as often as males through IVDU (14.6%).

Table 1 Patient's characteristics according to HBV genotype


Treatment information was available for all included patients. Most (n = 180, 80.7%) patients benefited or had previously benefited from an anti-retroviral treatment. Among them, past or current HAART included an anti-HBV active drug in 175 (97.2%) patients. However, 106/223 (47.5%) of the patients were not receiving any anti-HBV active antiviral at the time of the study and 17.9% (40/223) had never received any anti-HBV active drug (Table 2). Among those treated with a drug active on HBV (n = 117), 83% (n = 97) were receiving a 3TC or FTC-based treatment either as monotherapy (n = 23, 19.7%) or as combination therapy with TDF in the majority (45/76; 47.9%) of the cases. ADV and ETV were given to 13.7% (16/117) and 1.7% (2/117) of the patients, respectively. Eighteen patients (8.1%) had received or were receiving IFN.

Table 2 Main patient's characteristics according to HBV treatment history

There was a significant propensity for males (85.4%) to benefit from any HBV-active treatment as compared to women (68.3%) (p = 0.018) and treated patients were older than untreated (42.6 vs. 38.7 years; p = 0.03).

Patients from Europe were more often treated (88%) than Sub-Saharan African patients who received less often (73.1%, p = 0.03) anti-HBV drugs.

Among 94 patients with documented liver fibrosis lesions; 5/51 (9.8%) with metavir ≥ F2 were not receiving any treatment at the date of sampling. Conversely, among 17 patients with cirrhosis, only one (5.9%) was not receiving any HBV active treatment at the date of sampling.

Viral parameters

As expected, HIV viral load was significantly lower in patients receiving ARV treatments and was undetectable by realtime-PCR in 42% (75/180). Surprisingly, anti-retroviral treatment was not associated with a significant difference in median HBV-viral load (HBV-VL) with values of 4.5 log IU/mL [IQR 3.64–7.05] for untreated versus 5.6 log IU/mL [IQR 3.97–7.49, p = 0.09] for treated patients. The CD4-cell count was also not significantly different between HAART-treated or -untreated patients and the median values were 397 (IQR 205–606) and 322 (IQR 154–511) cell/mm3, respectively (p = 0.24).

Thirteen (7.9%) patients were co infected with HDV and 28 (13.5%) with HCV. Seven patients presented with serological evidence of HCV and HDV co-infection, 5 of them being IVDU.

HBV Genotypic analysis


223 sequences were generated, enabling genotype determination and characterization of drug resistant or HBsAg immune-escape mutants. Genotype distribution (Table  1) shows a vast majority of genotype A (52%) followed by E (23.3%), D (16.1%) and G (6.7%). Data obtained through the phylogenetic approach and the web-based tool were 100% concordant.

Several parameters were directly linked to the genotype. Genotype E was found more often in women (51.2%, p < 0.001) and was significantly associated with heterosexual exposure (87.5%), a younger age (mean 37.2 year, p < 0.001) and a sub-saharan Africa origin (90.9%, p < 0.001). As expected, the prevalence of HBeAg-status was genotype-dependent.

HBV resistance mutations

All nucleotide sequences (n = 223) were translated into the polymerase and HBs reading frames to analyze for the presence of specific resistant and immune-escape variants (Tables 2 and3). Previously described resistant mutations i.e. rtV173L, rtL180M, rtA181V/T, rtT184G, rtS202I, rtM204V/I, rtN236T and rtM250V were first studied and then, others residues with changes present in at least two patients were further considered. The most prevalent resistant mutations were rtL180M (28.7%; 64/223) and rtM204V/I (26%; 58/223). Amino-acid change rtM180L was found in 87.5% of the cases associated with rtM204I or V but was found as an isolated mutation in 8 remaining cases. Obviously, resistant-mutations were almost exclusively detected in patients who ever received an antiviral treatment. Overall, only 1 patient who had never received 3TC or FTC for HBV- or HIV-infection presented M204V and L180M mutations. Patients presenting with a 3TC-resistant variant had been treated for a longer period of time as compared to those with a wild-type strain, 44 [20–86] versus 31 [12–60] months, respectively (p = 0.025). Half of patients developed 3TC-resistance mutations (M204-change) less than 2 years after starting 3TC treatment (Figure 1). ADV resistance rtA181T associated mutations were detected in 5 (2.2%) cases; among those, 3 had never received ADV. Noteworthy, all of them had ever received 3TC or FTC. Fourteen patients had received or were receiving ETV but genotypic resistance for this drug was not detected in any patient. HBeAg status was not linked to the development of LAM resistance.

Figure 1

Cumulative selection of 3TC resistant (rtM204V/I) strains over time in patients who ever received 3TC or FTC. The number of patients at risk is indicated under the graph. For each patient, the length of 3TC or FTC treatment at the time of sampling was taken into consideration. In half of patients with rtM204 mutation, the duration of treatment was less than 2 years.

Table 3 Main HBs amino-acid changes observed in treated and untreated patients

A multivariate-analysis (Table 4) was conducted to define what parameters were independently associated with the emergence of 3TC resistance. Tested parameters were demographic (age, sex, geographic origin, mode of contamination), 3TC-treatment, HBV-genotype, CD4-count and HIV-viral load. As predicted, 3TC treatment was significantly associated with emergence of resistance mutation but surprisingly, and confirmed by multivariate-analysis, a younger age, lower HIV-viral load and higher CD4-cell count were all protective for the development of 3TC resistance, independently of 3TC treatment.

Table 4 Uni- and multivariate analysis on risk factors associated with emergence of rtM204 change

HBsAg variability

Specific mutations within the HBsAg reading frame were sought for, especially those known to influence protein immunogenicity within the major hydrophilic-loop and the a-determinant (Table 3). Amino-acid change sG145R was found in only one patient but sG145A, less frequently described, was detected in 5 sequences (2%). Changes occurring at position s100, 114, 125, 127, 131, 134 140 and 143 were not associated with HBV-treatment and statistics could not be performed for the other residues as changes did not occur at a sufficient frequency. All significant changes (sP127, sT131, sT140) associated with HBV treatment could be explained by genotype-linked polymorphism.

Disease severity

Liver disease activity was available for 94 patients as assessed by liver biopsy (56%) or surrogate scores validated in the setting of HIV-HBV co-infection such as Fibrotest®[14]. According to Metavir-classification, 45.7% (43/94) had a mild liver damage while the others were classified with lesions equal to or higher than F2. Patients with more severe liver disease (above F2) were older with a mean age of 43.9 vs. 39.8 years (p = 0.043) and had lower CD4-cell counts with a mean value of 344 vs. 458 cell/mm3 (p = 0.046). By contrast, viral load and HBV-genotype were not associated with disease severity. Reliable evaluation of the impact of other hepatitis virus co-infection could not be performed due to missing information on liver histology.


This nationwide collaborative study describes epidemiological, virological, and clinical patterns related to HBV infection in HIV-positive patients with HBV viremia in the era of fully active antiviral treatments in France. Recommendations from international scientific societies have been published and point to an initiation of treatment at a lower HBV-VL than previously recommended[1518]. Thus nowadays, only very few patients should not be considered for HBV-treatment[19]. Contrary to previous studies, this collaborative work was initiated from a virology laboratory network and patients were randomly selected on the basis of their analytical values.

On a pure technical point of view, our study clearly demonstrates that diffusion of a consensual protocol for HBV-sequencing to multiple laboratories along with a reference sequence library was efficient to generate high quality information regarding HBV genetic variability. We also validated the web-based algorithm proposed on "" that can be largely recommended for any laboratory dealing with HBV sequence.

Unequal distribution of genotypes according to the mode of HBV acquisition has been previously described in a small study from Perez-Olmeda et al. and more recently in the large EuroSIDA study group with comparable conclusions to our study and to recent work in France[5, 6, 20]. From the genotype distribution and the epidemiological data, identification of very distinct populations may lead to different clinical managements. For instance, genotype D or A infected individuals are most likely IVDU or MSM, respectively, who have certainly acquired both infections either concomitantly or in a short-time interval. By contrast, most HIV-positive women with genotype E HBV infection have likely acquired HBV perinatally and in highly endemic countries. These different sequential events may have a profound impact on the natural history of the disease, particularly since they occur in patients of different gender, age, and immunological status. Very few data are available on the chance to spontaneously clear the virus in these different situations but one may expect very different outcomes in each of them as recently shown in a large US HIV-infected patient cohort[21]. With regards to these observations, it is interesting to note relatively mild liver lesions in genotype E infected patients compared to patients infected with genotype A or D. Thus, natural history of chronic hepatitis B during co-infection should be analyzed with scrutiny as it may largely differ according to the population that is considered and may influence treatment options.

HBV-VL is one of the main criteria to initiate antiviral treatment. In our cohort, HBV-VL was not influenced by HBV genotype but by the presence of HBeAg. Contrary to what observed for HBV mono-infected patients, HBeAg is often present (66%) in HIV co-infected patients, as previously reported[22, 23]. Interestingly, HBeAg-negative patients were less often treated, reflecting the current recommendations not to treat patients with low viremia[16].

Among the 15 genotype G infected patients, all but two were HBeAg-positive, which is surprising as genotype G naturally carries the G1896A stop-codon mutation that prevents HBeAg translation from the pre-C start codon[24]. Co-infection with another wild-type viral strain whose genome encodes for HBeAg likely explains a rescue for production of this protein, as reported earlier[25]. Contrary to a recent report from Lacombe et al., we only found a tendency for a more severe liver fibrosis in genotype G infected patients, without statistically significant association[22]. Reasons for this divergence might be due to size differences in the studied populations and also to missing information regarding liver histology in few cases from our study.

One major finding of the present study is the relative low rate of 3TC-resistance mutations. This observation is somewhat surprising as 3TC, or its derivative FTC, is very often a key component in the HAART backbone. As shown on Figure 1 and as previously demonstrated, 3TC treatment induces very rapid emergence of resistance in HIV co-infected patients[26]. The distribution of 3TC-resistance mutations was very similar to what was previously reported even though rtL180M (29.1%) was found more often than rtM204V/I (26%)[27]. Even in previously treated or in currently treated patients, the rate of 3TC-resistance reached only 35%. These data could be explained by a low viral replication before treatment initiation, as low viral replication or an HBe-negative status was shown protective for resistance development in a previous study[28]. The cross-sectional nature of our study did not allow us to collect this information. This relatively low prevalence of resistance is incentive in considering the possibility of low level of compliance to anti-HBV drugs in our cohort.

Adefovir resistance mutations were exceptionally detected (rtA181T-change in 2.2%) and no change was observed for rtN236. Even if one considers that the rtA181T-strains have a slight decreased sensitivity to TDF, it is reassuring to observe a very low prevalence of ADV-resistance, leaving the opportunity to treat these patients with TDF[29]. The rtA181T or -V change is rarely selected by 3TC treatment and one can not exclude that this was not the case for these patients[30, 31]. HAART often contains TDF, in addition to FTC or 3TC, a drug that has not been associated with selection of resistant strains so far[32, 33]. The use of 3TC in association with TDF in patients from our cohort likely explains the low rate of resistance in patients receiving 3TC and strengthens the benefit of using potent antivirals such as TDF.

Consequence of drug-resistant variant selection on HBs reading frame has been extensively analyzed in our study. Contrary to what has been reported elsewhere, we did not observe significant changes on residues known to affect HBs "a" determinant[34]. In our hands, HBV genotype was the most influencing parameter to explain HBsAg variability and past or current treatment did not seem to particularly affect HBs antigenicity[35]. Key amino-acid changes known to particularly affect HBsAg detection by current immuno-assays or escape vaccination induced antibodies were found in less than 3% of patients[36]. Even though HBV vaccination is less immunogenic in HIV-infected individuals, the low prevalence of immune escape variants in this population should certainly be a strong argument for vaccination campaign to avoid further contamination in at-risk situations[37].

The recognition of significant liver fibrosis in more than half of co-infected and HBV viremic patients in this series, along with a surprising high rate of suboptimal anti-HBV therapy use in this population, point out suboptimal clinical management of HBV infection in HIV-positive patients in France. Such observation was previously reported in several developed countries and highlights the need to promote and improve the education of physicians in charge of HIV-HBV infected individuals[38].

Our study has some limitations due to the recruitment design. It is a transversal study that included patients on the basis of an HBV replication over 1,000 IU/mL whereas no information was collected on the reason for HBV virology assessment. Yet, these patients are clearly those who should benefit from an HBV-antiviral treatment and are those encountered daily in our practice. Noteworthy and contrary to what has been shown by several studies, no direct link was found between liver disease and HBV-VL[39]. This discrepancy might be explained by the relatively low number of patients with complete liver disease assessment in our study or by a different impact of HBV-VL in the context of HIV infection.

In conclusion, our study gives a new insight into the current epidemiology and clinical features of HBV-HIV infection in France. The strong link between the modes of contamination, the contamination event timeline by both viruses and the targeted population suggests that clinical management may be optimized according to this information. Even though potent active drugs with activities against both viruses are available, many patients have not received any anti-HBV treatment despite being treated by HAART and having for half of them advanced liver fibrosis. In addition, persistent HBV viremia in TDF treated patients suggests either non-compliance or suboptimal drug efficacy in this cohort. Finally, the low prevalence of circulating HBsAg immune-escape variants strengthens the need for an active promotion of anti-HBV vaccination of non-immune HIV-infected patients.


  1. 1.

    Konopnicki D, Mocroft A, de Wit S, Antunes F, Ledergerber B, Katlama C, Zilmer K, Vella S, Kirk O, Lundgren JD: Hepatitis B and HIV: prevalence, AIDS progression, response to highly active antiretroviral therapy and increased mortality in the EuroSIDA cohort. Aids 2005, 19: 593-601. 10.1097/01.aids.0000163936.99401.fe

    PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  2. 2.

    Soriano V, Puoti M, Peters M, Benhamou Y, Sulkowski M, Zoulim F, Mauss S, Rockstroh J: Care of HIV patients with chronic hepatitis B: updated recommendations from the HIV-Hepatitis B Virus International Panel. Aids 2008, 22: 1399-1410. 10.1097/QAD.0b013e3282f8b46f

    PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  3. 3.

    Benhamou Y, Katlama C, Lunel F, Coutellier A, Dohin E, Hamm N, Tubiana R, Herson S, Poynard T, Opolon P: Effects of lamivudine on replication of hepatitis B virus in HIV-infected men. Ann Intern Med 1996, 125: 705-712.

    PubMed  CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  4. 4.

    Lacombe K, Rockstroh J: HIV and viral hepatitis coinfections: advances and challenges. Gut 2012,61(Suppl 1):i47-58. 10.1136/gutjnl-2012-302062

    PubMed  CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  5. 5.

    Halfon P, Bourliere M, Pol S, Benhamou Y, Ouzan D, Rotily M, Khiri H, Renou C, Penaranda G, Saadoun D: Multicentre study of hepatitis B virus genotypes in France: correlation with liver fibrosis and hepatitis B e antigen status. J Viral Hepat 2006, 13: 329-335. 10.1111/j.1365-2893.2005.00692.x

    PubMed  CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  6. 6.

    Perez-Olmeda M, Nunez M, Garcia-Samaniego J, Rios P, Gonzalez-Lahoz J, Soriano V: Distribution of hepatitis B virus genotypes in HIV-infected patients with chronic hepatitis B: therapeutic implications. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses 2003, 19: 657-659. 10.1089/088922203322280874

    PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  7. 7.

    Trimoulet P, Boutonnet M, Winnock M, Faure M, Loko MA, De Ledinghen V, Bernard PH, Castera L, Foucher J, Dupon M: Hepatitis B virus genotypes: a retrospective survey in Southwestern France, 1999–2004. Gastroenterol Clin Biol 2007, 31: 1088-1094. 10.1016/S0399-8320(07)78341-0

    PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  8. 8.

    Zoulim F, Poynard T, Degos F, Slama A, El Hasnaoui A, Blin P, Mercier F, Deny P, Landais P, Parvaz P, Trepo C: A prospective study of the evolution of lamivudine resistance mutations in patients with chronic hepatitis B treated with lamivudine. J Viral Hepat 2006, 13: 278-288. 10.1111/j.1365-2893.2005.00712.x

    PubMed  CAS  PubMed Central  Article  Google Scholar 

  9. 9.

    Balinska MA: Hepatitis B vaccination and French Society ten years after the suspension of the vaccination campaign: how should we raise infant immunization coverage rates? J Clin Virol 2009, 46: 202-205. 10.1016/j.jcv.2009.07.024

    PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  10. 10.

    Larsen C, Pialoux G, Salmon D, Antona D, Le Strat Y, Piroth L, Pol S, Rosenthal E, Neau D, Semaille C, Delarocque Astagneau E: Prevalence of hepatitis C and hepatitis B infection in the HIV-infected population of France, 2004. Euro Surveill 2008, 13: 1-4.

    Google Scholar 

  11. 11.

    Yeni P: French Experts group's recommendations for medical management of HIV infection highlights and recommendations. 2006. [] []

    Google Scholar 

  12. 12.

    Villeneuve JP, Durantel D, Durantel S, Westland C, Xiong S, Brosgart CL, Gibbs CS, Parvaz P, Werle B, Trepo C, Zoulim F: Selection of a hepatitis B virus strain resistant to adefovir in a liver transplantation patient. J Hepatol 2003, 39: 1085-1089. 10.1016/j.jhep.2003.09.022

    PubMed  CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  13. 13.

    Tamura K, Dudley J, Nei M, Kumar S: MEGA4: Molecular Evolutionary Genetics Analysis (MEGA) software version 4.0. Mol Biol Evol 2007, 24: 1596-1599. 10.1093/molbev/msm092

    PubMed  CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  14. 14.

    Bottero J, Lacombe K, Guechot J, Serfaty L, Miailhes P, Bonnard P, Wendum D, Molina JM, Lascoux-Combe C, Girard PM: Performance of 11 biomarkers for liver fibrosis assessment in HIV/HBV co-infected patients. J Hepatol 2009, 50: 1074-1083. 10.1016/j.jhep.2009.01.022

    PubMed  CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  15. 15.

    Alberti A, Clumeck N, Collins S, Gerlich W, Lundgren J, Palu G, Reiss P, Thiebaut R, Weiland O, Yazdanpanah Y, Zeuzem S: Short statement of the first European Consensus Conference on the treatment of chronic hepatitis B and C in HIV co-infected patients. J Hepatol 2005, 42: 615-624. 10.1016/j.jhep.2005.03.003

    PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  16. 16.

    European Association For The Study Of The L: EASL Clinical Practice Guidelines: management of chronic hepatitis B. J Hepatol 2009, 50: 227-242. 10.1016/j.jhep.2008.10.001

    Article  Google Scholar 

  17. 17.

    Lok AS, McMahon BJ: Chronic hepatitis B: update 2009. Hepatology 2009, 50: 661-662. 10.1002/hep.23190

    PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  18. 18.

    Rockstroh JK, Bhagani S, Benhamou Y, Bruno R, Mauss S, Peters L, Puoti M, Soriano V, Tural C: European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) guidelines for the clinical management and treatment of chronic hepatitis B and C coinfection in HIV-infected adults. HIV Med 2008, 9: 82-88. 10.1111/j.1468-1293.2007.00535.x

    PubMed  CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  19. 19.

    Hoffmann CJ, Seaberg EC, Young S, Witt MD, D'Acunto K, Phair J, Thio CL: Hepatitis B and long-term HIV outcomes in coinfected HAART recipients. Aids 2009, 23: 1881-1889. 10.1097/QAD.0b013e32832e463a

    PubMed  PubMed Central  Article  Google Scholar 

  20. 20.

    Soriano V, Mocroft A, Peters L, Rockstroh J, Antunes F, Kirkby N, de Wit S, Monforte A, Flisiak R, Lundgren J: Predictors of hepatitis B virus genotype and viraemia in HIV-infected patients with chronic hepatitis B in Europe. J Antimicrob Chemother 2010, 65: 548-555. 10.1093/jac/dkp479

    PubMed  CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  21. 21.

    Chun HM, Fieberg AM, Hullsiek KH, Lifson AR, Crum-Cianflone NF, Weintrob AC, Ganesan A, Barthel RV, Bradley WP, Agan BK, Landrum ML: Epidemiology of Hepatitis B virus infection in a US cohort of HIV-infected individuals during the past 20 years. Clin Infect Dis 2010, 50: 426-436. 10.1086/649885

    PubMed  PubMed Central  Article  Google Scholar 

  22. 22.

    Lacombe K, Massari V, Girard PM, Serfaty L, Gozlan J, Pialoux G, Mialhes P, Molina JM, Lascoux-Combe C, Wendum D: Major role of hepatitis B genotypes in liver fibrosis during coinfection with HIV. Aids 2006, 20: 419-427. 10.1097/01.aids.0000200537.86984.0e

    PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  23. 23.

    Zarski JP, Marcellin P, Leroy V, Trepo C, Samuel D, Ganne-Carrie N, Barange K, Canva V, Doffoel M, Cales P: Characteristics of patients with chronic hepatitis B in France: predominant frequency of HBe antigen negative cases. J Hepatol 2006, 45: 355-360. 10.1016/j.jhep.2006.03.007

    PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  24. 24.

    Stuyver L, De Gendt S, Van Geyt C, Zoulim F, Fried M, Schinazi RF, Rossau R: A new genotype of hepatitis B virus: complete genome and phylogenetic relatedness. J Gen Virol 2000, 81: 67-74.

    PubMed  CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  25. 25.

    Kato H, Orito E, Gish RG, Bzowej N, Newsom M, Sugauchi F, Suzuki S, Ueda R, Miyakawa Y, Mizokami M: Hepatitis B e antigen in sera from individuals infected with hepatitis B virus of genotype G. Hepatology 2002, 35: 922-929. 10.1053/jhep.2002.32096

    PubMed  CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  26. 26.

    Benhamou Y, Bochet M, Thibault V, Di Martino V, Caumes E, Bricaire F, Opolon P, Katlama C, Poynard T: Long-term incidence of hepatitis B virus resistance to lamivudine in human immunodeficiency virus-infected patients. Hepatology 1999, 30: 1302-1306. 10.1002/hep.510300525

    PubMed  CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  27. 27.

    Delaney WE, Yang H, Westland CE, Das K, Arnold E, Gibbs CS, Miller MD, Xiong S: The hepatitis B virus polymerase mutation rtV173L is selected during lamivudine therapy and enhances viral replication in vitro. J Virol 2003, 77: 11833-11841. 10.1128/JVI.77.21.11833-11841.2003

    PubMed  CAS  PubMed Central  Article  Google Scholar 

  28. 28.

    Miailhes P, Trabaud MA, Pradat P, Lebouche B, Chevallier M, Chevallier P, Zoulim F, Trepo C: Impact of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) on the natural history of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and HIV coinfection: relationship between prolonged efficacy of HAART and HBV surface and early antigen seroconversion. Clin Infect Dis 2007, 45: 624-632. 10.1086/520752

    PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  29. 29.

    van Bommel F, de Man RA, Wedemeyer H, Deterding K, Petersen J, Buggisch P, Erhardt A, Huppe D, Stein K, Trojan J: Long-term efficacy of tenofovir monotherapy for hepatitis B virus-monoinfected patients after failure of nucleoside/nucleotide analogues. Hepatology 2010, 51: 73-80. 10.1002/hep.23246

    PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  30. 30.

    Warner N, Locarnini S: The antiviral drug selected hepatitis B virus rtA181T/sW172* mutant has a dominant negative secretion defect and alters the typical profile of viral rebound. Hepatology 2008, 48: 88-98. 10.1002/hep.22295

    PubMed  CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  31. 31.

    Yatsuji H, Noguchi C, Hiraga N, Mori N, Tsuge M, Imamura M, Takahashi S, Iwao E, Fujimoto Y, Ochi H: Emergence of a novel lamivudine-resistant hepatitis B virus variant with a substitution outside the YMDD motif. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 2006, 50: 3867-3874. 10.1128/AAC.00239-06

    PubMed  CAS  PubMed Central  Article  Google Scholar 

  32. 32.

    de Vries-Sluijs TE, Reijnders JG, Hansen BE, Zaaijer HL, Prins JM, Pas SD, Schutten M, Hoepelman AI, Richter C, Mulder JW: Long-term therapy with tenofovir is effective for patients co-infected with human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis B virus. Gastroenterology 2010, 139: 1934-1941. 10.1053/j.gastro.2010.08.045

    PubMed  CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  33. 33.

    Heathcote EJ, Marcellin P, Buti M, Gane E, De Man RA, Krastev Z, Germanidis G, Lee SS, Flisiak R, Kaita K: Three-year efficacy and safety of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate treatment for chronic hepatitis B. Gastroenterology 2011, 140: 132-143. 10.1053/j.gastro.2010.10.011

    PubMed  CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  34. 34.

    Zaaijer HL, Bouter S, Boot HJ: Substitution rate of the hepatitis B virus surface gene. J Viral Hepat 2008, 15: 239-245. 10.1111/j.1365-2893.2007.00938.x

    PubMed  CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  35. 35.

    Roque-Afonso AM, Ferey MP, Ly TD, Graube A, Costa-Faria L, Samuel D, Dussaix E: Viral and clinical factors associated with surface gene variants among hepatitis B virus carriers. Antivir Ther 2007, 12: 1255-1263.

    PubMed  CAS  Google Scholar 

  36. 36.

    Sheldon J, Ramos B, Garcia-Samaniego J, Rios P, Bartholomeusz A, Romero M, Locarnini S, Zoulim F, Soriano V: Selection of hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccine escape mutants in HBV-infected and HBV/HIV-coinfected patients failing antiretroviral drugs with anti-HBV activity. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2007, 46: 279-282. 10.1097/QAI.0b013e318154bd89

    PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  37. 37.

    Landrum ML, Hullsiek KH, Ganesan A, Weintrob AC, Crum-Cianflone NF, Barthel RV, O'Connell RJ, Fieberg A, Chun HM, Marconi VC: Hepatitis B vaccination and risk of hepatitis B infection in HIV-infected individuals. Aids 2010, 24: 545-555. 10.1097/QAD.0b013e32832cd99e

    PubMed  PubMed Central  Article  Google Scholar 

  38. 38.

    Jain MK, Opio CK, Osuagwu CC, Pillai R, Keiser P, Lee WM: Do HIV care providers appropriately manage hepatitis B in coinfected patients treated with antiretroviral therapy? Clin Infect Dis 2007, 44: 996-1000. 10.1086/512367

    PubMed  Article  Google Scholar 

  39. 39.

    Chen CJ, Yang HI, Iloeje UH: Hepatitis B virus DNA levels and outcomes in chronic hepatitis B. Hepatology 2009, 49: S72-84. 10.1002/hep.22884

    PubMed  CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

Download references


Members of the ANRS-AC11 HBV group who also participated in this study are listed below. A. Ducancelle, F. Lunel-Fabiani (Angers); C. Henquell (Clermont Ferrand); S. Larrat, A. Signori-Schmuck (Grenoble); S. Alain (Limoges); F. Zoulim (Lyon); L. Ollier (Nice); P. Soussan, Tenon Hospital (Paris); E. Schvoerer (Strasbourg); A.-M. Roque-Afonso (Villejuif). Supported in part by grants from AC11-VHB ANRS (Agence Nationale de Recherche sur le SIDA et les Hépatites Virales).

Author information



Corresponding author

Correspondence to Vincent Thibault.

Additional information

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

VT, CGG, PC, JG, NS, PT, CP, KS, MB, MC and the AC11-ANRS members carried out the molecular genetic studies, participated in the sequence alignment and collected patients' clinical information. CGG and VT were in charge of phylogenetic studies and web based analyses. VT and FRT participated in the design of the study and performed the statistical analysis. VT within the AC11-ANRS group conceived the study and coordinated the study. VT, CGG, PC, JG drafted the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Authors’ original submitted files for images

Below are the links to the authors’ original submitted files for images.

Authors’ original file for figure 1

Rights and permissions

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Thibault, V., Gaudy-Graffin, C., Colson, P. et al. Epidemiological, virological and clinical characteristics of HBV infection in 223 HIV co-infected patients: a French multi-centre collaborative study. Virol J 10, 87 (2013).

Download citation


  • Genotype
  • HBsAg variants
  • HBV-HIV co-infection
  • Resistance mutations
  • Liver lesions