HPA releases HCV report without mentioning sexual transmission among HIV-positive gay men

The first report from the Health Protection Agency on hepatitis C has just been released.

Unfortunately the report neither mentions HIV nor coinfection with HIV and hepatitis. The recent reports of sexual transmission of HCV in HIV-positive gay men are also not mentioned. The report states that sexual transmission probably accounts for about 2% of cases so is not worth expending prevention efforts on.

At the recent UK-CAB meeting Mark Nelson said in the last two years, about 2% of his patients at C&W had contracted hepatitis C sexually. As yet, the specific route for sexual transmission, has not been determined. Additional research in HIV-positive individuals is warrented.

The report is available online.

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