Gay Men Are You Aware Hepatitis-C Infections Are Rising? [VIDEO]

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“Fisting is a fairly traumatic practice to the bum. And, because of that micro trauma to the bum, [it] makes it fairly easy for blood to blood contact to occur,” says Australian Dr. George Forgman-Smith. “If you are fisting use gloves, lots of lube and to start very, very gently to reduce the amount of trauma that can happen.”

But, that’s not the only way hepatitis-C is intruding our bodies.


via the Journal of Sex Research:

Methods-  Using a retrospective cohort study design, HCV incidence, defined as HCV antibody seroconversion, was determined in 1147 HIV-infected men receiving care at Chase Brexton Health Care clinics in Baltimore, Maryland between 2004 and 2014. Multivariate regression analyses were used to identify factors associated with incident HCV.

Results-  There were 42 incident HCV infections during 5242 person-years (PY) of follow up (incidence rate [IR], 8.01/1000 PY). Thirty-seven (88%) of the incident infections were in MSM, of whom 31 (84%) reported no injection-drug use (IDU). The annual IRs for MSM were 13.1-15.8/1000 PY between 2004 and 2007, decreased to 2.7-6.2/1000 PY between 2008 and 2011, and increased to 10.4/1000 PY and 13.3/1000 PY in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Injection-drug use was strongly associated with incident HCV among all MSM (IR ratio [IRR], 14.15; P = .003); however, among MSM without IDU, entering care between 2010 and 2013 (IRR, 3.32; P = .01), being employed (IRR, 3.14; P = .03), and having a history of ulcerative sexually transmitted infections (IRR, 3.70; P = .009) or of polydrug use (IRR, 5.54; P = .01) independently predicted incident HCV.

Conclusions-  In this cohort of HIV-infected men, a re-emerging HCV epidemic was observed from 2011 to 2014 among MSM. In addition to IDU, high-risk sexual behaviors, favorable socioeconomic status, and polydrug use fueled this increase in HCV infections.

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