Prevalence in HIV-negative men similar to the general population; HCV predominantly diagnosed in HIV-positive gay men
of HIV-negative gay men in London had antibodies to the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in 2008, results
of a community survey published in HIV
Medicine show. The study’s findings support those of clinic-based research
which found no evidence of an HCV epidemic among HIV-negative gay men.
However, 8% of
HIV-positive gay men had antibodies to HCV, further evidence of the ongoing
epidemic of the infection in this population. Prevalence of HCV was higher
among men reporting unprotected sex with a casual partner and in those with a
history of syphilis.