Homosexuality and hepatitis

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Hepatitis C Virus

In 2019, the CDC reported:

Among adults, an estimated 10% of new Hepatitis A cases and 20% of new Hepatitis B cases occur in MSM.

MSM are at increased risk for Hepatitis C if they are involved in high-risk behaviors.

There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C and testing for Hepatitis C is not recommended for MSM unless they were born from 1945 through 1965, have HIV, or are engaging in risky behaviors. The best way to prevent Hepatitis C is by avoiding behaviors that can spread the disease, especially sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs.[1]

In a 2007 article entitled Advances in the Management of Viral Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C Infection in HIV-Coinfected Patients Vincent V. Soriano, MD, PhD reported in Medscape the following regarding homosexuality and Hepatitus C viral infections:

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) has not been thought to be efficiently transmitted through sexual contact. However, recent reports of outbreaks of acute hepatitis C among men who have sex with men (MSM) have changed this view. British researchers examined 7223 MSM who attended a single clinic in Brighton, United Kingdom, since 2000.[7] The study investigators reported that highly risky sexual practices along with multiple sex partners explained the increase in episodes of acute HCV infection in this population.[2]

Viral hepatitis is one of the diseases associated with gay bowel syndrome.[3]

See also


  1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, https://www.cdc.gov, accessed February 2, 2019
  2. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/554156
  3. The gay bowel syndrome: clinico-pathologic correlation in 260 cases., Kazal HL, Sohn N, Carrasco JI, Robilotti JG, Delaney WE., Annals of Clinical & Laboratory Science, Ann Clin Lab Sci. 1976 Mar-Apr;6(2):184-92.