men who have sex with men (MSM) run a 4 times higher risk of acute
hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection than HIV-negative MSM, according to
results of a meta-analysis. The findings have implications for routine
HCV screening in MSM.
reports of acute HCV infection in HIV-positive and negative MSM with
sexual exposure as their only risk factor prompted calls for routine HCV
screening of MSM and targeted prevention efforts. To determine whether
such recommendations are warranted, researchers conducted a systematic
review and meta-analysis of HCV incidence studies in MSM.