Homosexuality and Hepatitis

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Hepatitis C Virus

Concerning homosexuality and hepatitis, both Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B disproportionately affects men who have sex with men (MSM).

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 Hepatitis 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. 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]

Hepatitis is one of the illnesses of gay bowel syndrome.

See also

References

  1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, https://www.cdc.gov, accessed February 2, 2019
  2. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/554156