LGBT Health Education Blog
Today is National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and is used to direct attention to the continuing and disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States. The CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) focuses on progress made in HIV positive MSM along the contiuum of HIV care.
Approximately 3.2 million individuals in the United States are infected with chronic hepatitis C (HCV) infection. While injection drug use is the most common mode of transmission, growing evidence indicates that the virus is also being spread through sexual contact, particularly among HIV-infected men who have sex with men (MSM). In this clinical brief, we review what is known about the epidemiology of HCV among HIV-infected MSM, as well as current screening, treatment, and prevention recommendations for HCV.