3 cups of coffee a day keep HIV death risk at bay .
In the general population, drinking three or more cups of coffee a day has been found to be associated with a 14 percent reduction in the risk of all-cause mortality .
In addition, HIV infection accelerates the progression of chronic hepatitis C to fibrosis and development of cirrhosis and end-stage liver disease .
"This is a very exciting time for HCV research as a cure that can eradicate the virus is now available for all patients," explained lead investigator Dominique Salmon-Ceron from Universite Paris Descartes, Paris .
Coffee is known to have anti-inflammatory and liver-protective properties .
This is probably due to the properties of polyphenols contained in coffee that can protect the liver and also reduce inflammation .
Over the five years, 77 deaths occurred, almost half attributable to hepatitis C .
However, the mortality risk was 80 percent lower in those who were cured of hepatitis C .
Further analysis showed that drinking at least three cups of coffee daily was associated with a 50 percent reduction in mortality risk even after taking into account HCV clearance, HIV- and HCV-related factors, and other sociobehavioral factors, such as having a steady partner and not smoking .
First author Maria Patrizia Carrieri from Aix Marseille University, Marseilles, France, observed that coffee consumption provides more protective effects on mortality in the HIV-HCV population than in the general population .
The research appears in the Journal of Hepatology . (ANI)