HCV Rates Among HIV-Infected Men Who Have Sex With Men

April 23, 2019
Veronica Hackethal, MD
Veronica Hackethal, MD

Two new studies from the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections highlight the issue of HCV reinfection in HIV+ MSM in Europe and the US. 

Research presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle, Washington from March 4-7, 2019, suggests that the hepatitis C virus (HCV) epidemic among men who have sex with men (MSM) has changed, reflecting improved linkage to care and access to direct acting antivirals (DAAs). In London, rates of first HCV infections are decreasing but rates of reinfection are climbing; in New York City, HCV reinfection continues to be high. Results of both studies, summarized below, suggest the need for long-term monitoring and interventions among HIV-infected MSM with current or past HCV infection.