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HIV-positive men who have sex with men in Western nations historically have a significant risk of contracting hepatitis C through sex.
This finding stresses the need to reduce the risk of sexual transmission of hep C among HIV-positive men who have sex with men.
This holds true regardless of how long they’ve had HIV or whether they’re on antiretrovirals.
This finding suggests sex between men and the sharing of drug-sniffing equipment are possible routes of transmission.
Baby boomers still make up the largest bloc of those with the virus, but youths’ injection drug use is sending their infection rates upward.
According to a study of Parisian men who have sex with men, hepatitis C transmission networks include HIV-negative and -positive men.
A speedy overview of the major scientific findings presented at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam (AIDS 2018)
One percent of gay and bi men in a Dutch PrEP study contracted hepatitis C annually; of those cured, one in four were reinfected per year.
Among a group of largely HIV-positive gay and bi men, Zepatier (grazoprevir/elbasvir) boasted a 99 percent cure rate.
Researchers from a German cohort found that the reinfection rate for men who have sex with men was almost 10 percent per year.
Ending the epidemic is going to require addressing the fact that certain individuals are at high risk of reinfection after a cure.
This is occurring despite the fact that hepatitis C is increasingly being cured among the French HIV population.
Highlights from HIV and hepatitis C research presented at the 2018 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston
Consequently, researchers advocate treating hep C during its early, or acute, phase among HIV-positive individuals.
A Swiss research program tested for and treated hep C in a large cohort of HIV-positive men who have sex with men over time.
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