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Hepatitis C Main Forums => Hepatitis C and HIV Coinfection => Topic started by: iana5252 on June 03, 2014, 10:18:45 am

Title: Hepatitis C Transmits Sexually in HIV-Positive Gay Men
Post by: iana5252 on June 03, 2014, 10:18:45 am
Hep's editor-at-large Ben Ryan has written a piece about the risks of transmitting Hepatitis C sexually.

A New York physician begins noticing a troubling pattern of what appears to be sexual transmission of a rapidly harmful virus among men who have sex with men (MSM). The doctor’s preliminary search for more information leads him to other physicians and scientists in the United States and abroad who have also started recognizing the pattern. He runs into skepticism along the way. Before long, it’s clear that a new, troubling route of disease transmission has emerged.

No, this isn’t a history piece about the early days of the AIDS crisis, it’s an article about the present day. Since around the turn of the 21st century, increasing evidence of a new epidemic in the gay community has surfaced: HIV-positive MSM are acquiring hepatitis C virus (HCV) sexually, and at alarming rates.