London data shows that hepatitis C is passed on during [sexual activity]

aidsmap/nam, 10 April 2017

Around one in five HIV-positive gay men who recently acquired hepatitis C report anal sex without a condom as the only behaviour that could explain their infection. At the same time, a third of people acquiring hepatitis C were gay men who did not have HIV, clinicians from the Mortimer Market Centre in London told the British HIV Association conference in Liverpool last week.

The data suggest that prevention messages around sexually transmitted hepatitis C need to change.

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State of Play: findings from the England Gay Men’s Sex Survey

Sigma Research, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, May 2016

The 2014 Gay Men’s Sex Survey was released this week. 15,360 men who have sex with men, living in England and aged 16 to 90 years, completed the online survey.

Findings included:

  • The proportion of men not happy with their sex lives was 41%.

 

  • The over 65s were most likely to be happy with their sex life.

 

  • Overall, 9% were living with diagnosed HIV infection and the annual incidence of new HIV diagnoses was 1.1%.

 

  • Among men with diagnosed HIV, 81% were on anti-HIV treatment,
    and 92% of those indicated their last viral load test result was undetectable.
  • The most common risk reduction tactics among men with diagnosed HIV
    were using lubricant for anal sex (73%), monitoring viral load (72%) and regular STI screenings (69%).
  • Among men without diagnosed HIV they were using lubricant for anal sex (77%), avoiding sex with men they thought had HIV (63%) and declining some sex partners (56%).
  • 61% of men indicated they had anal sex without a condom in the last 12 months; 14% had anal sex without condoms with both steady and non-steady partners in the last 12 months.
  • 7% had ever taken PEP, while 37% had never heard of PEP.
  • 42% of men with diagnosed HIV felt that alcohol or drugs had contributed to their acquiring HIV.
  • 20% had wanted a condom but not had access to one in the last 12 months and 14% had had condomless anal sex just because they did not have a condom.
  • Collective annual STI screening reached 52% of men (9% with symptoms, 43% without symptoms); and collective annual HIV testing reached 55%.
  • In counselling for men diagnosed with HIV, 29% were dissatisfied with the service they received.

 

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High incidence of HCV re-infection among HIV-positive MSM in Western Europe

nam/aidsmap, 19 April 2016

There is a very high incidence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) re-infection among HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) in western Europe, according to research presented to the International Liver Congress in Barcelona.

Investigators found that a quarter of HIV-positive MSM who cleared an initial HCV infection were re-infected with HCV within three years. The researchers believe that current prevention strategies are failing and call for the intensive monitoring of people who have apparently cleared an HCV infection.

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Mental health issues may increase HIV risk among gay, bisexual men

Reuters, Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:03am EST

Gay and bisexual men are at increased risk of acquiring the [HIV] if they have mental health problems, according to a new study.

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Caution urged in Queensland HIV notification “spike” response

Recent reports of a “dramatic spike” in HIV notifications in Queensland have prompted experts to urge caution about misinterpreting results and jumping to conclusions.

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Key findings in the Queensland Gay Periodic Health Survey

Substantial shifts in condom usage rates among men who have sex with men (MSM), the growing popularity of mobile applications and a lacklustre result in men reporting ever being tested for HIV are some of the key results.

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