The most common route of hepatitis C transmission is sharing needles and other equipment for injecting drugs. In recent years, an increasing number of gay and bisexual men living with HIV have acquired hepatitis C through sexual transmission.

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  • Hepatitis C

    Hepatitis C can cause the same types of symptoms and long-term liver damage as hepatitis B, although the two viruses are not closely related. Recent estimates find...

    From: Booklets

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  • Hepatitis C and HIV

    Hepatitis C is a blood-borne infection that is transmitted in some of the same ways as HIV.Over time untreated hepatitis C...

    From: Factsheets

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  • How hepatitis C is passed on during sex

    Hepatitis C can be passed on during sex that could lead to contact with semen, rectal mucus or blood.Many gay men with HIV have picked...

    From: The basics

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  • Sexually transmitted infections

    This section contains a brief explanation of how common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are passed on, their symptoms and their treatment. STIs can be caused by bacteria, viruses...

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  • How hepatitis C is passed on

    When the blood of a person who has hepatitis C enters the bloodstream of another person, that person could get hepatitis C.Tiny and unseen traces...

    From: The basics

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  • 'I gave birth, and got Hepatitis C'

    When Jackie Britton was given a blood transfusion after childbirth, she thought it was saving her life. But the infected blood could have killed her. There are thought to be thousands like her. They often feel overlooked in the wider NHS contaminated blood scandal.

    21 September 2018 | BBC News
  • Hepatitis C vaccine could dramatically reduce transmission in people who inject drugs

    Among the most serious consequences of the opioid epidemic is the spread of hepatitis C among injecting drug users. A study published in Science Translational Medicine shows that if a hepatitis C vaccine were successfully developed, it would dramatically reduce transmission of hepatitis C among drug users -- even though it's unlikely such a vaccine would provide complete immunity.

    12 July 2018 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Another Adverse Effect of the Opioid Epidemic: Hepatitis C Infections

    Amid the ongoing opioid epidemic, hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection should be at the forefront of health care providers’ minds. Although HCV has been widely viewed as predominantly affecting baby boomers—those born between 1945 and 1965—a younger generation is experiencing increased incidence of infection.

    20 June 2018 | Contagion Live
  • Hep C: Have men who have sex with men (MSM) reached a turning point?

    As men who have sex with men (MSM) are treated for their Hep C, a treatment as prevention approach becomes possible. Once a patient has cleared their Hep C, they cannot pass it on.

    05 May 2018 | Gay Times
  • As opioid crisis grows, babies and moms with hepatitis C fly under the radar

    A growing number of infants are born exposed to hepatitis C, but fewer than a third are later screened to monitor and treat the potentially fatal virus, according to a recent study based out of a hospital in Pittsburgh that experts say highlights a trend unfolding across the country.

    02 May 2018 | PBS NewsHour
  • Transmitting HIV Is a Crime in Most States. Is HCV Next?

    In a surprising twist, some states are now broadening the scope of criminalization laws to include viral hepatitis and other infections, leaving some physicians dismayed and advocates deeply divided on the best path toward reform.

    23 April 2018 | MedPage Today
  • What’s Hepatitis C Reinfection Got to Do With It?

    Ending the epidemic is going to require addressing the fact that certain individuals are at high risk of reinfection - in other words, when someone cured of the virus contracts it again. Reinfection is particularly likely to occur among individuals who are currently engaging in the kind of high-risk practices that spread the virus.

    03 April 2018 | Poz
  • Spread of Hep C Is on the Rise Among French Gay & Bi Men With HIV

    This is occurring despite the fact that hepatitis C is increasingly being cured among the French HIV population.

    26 March 2018 | Poz
  • How HIV Alters Cells May Facilitate Sexual Transmission of Hepatitis C

    A new study identifies key changes that HIV makes to Langerhans cells in the mucosal lining of the rectum.

    22 March 2018 | Poz
  • Hepatitis C Is More Common In Vietnam Vets, But Nobody Is Sure Why

    Some veterans say they contracted hepatitis from the "jet gun" that was used to immunize them in the Vietnam era, but researchers haven't proven that link.

    16 March 2018 | WUNC
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