Six-question risk score can identify HIV-positive gay men needing testing for acute hepatitis C

nam/aidsmap, 5th June 2017

Six questions can identify HIV-positive gay men who are at elevated risk of having acute (recent) hepatitis C infection and who would benefit from further testing, according to a paper published in Eurosurveillance last week. The risk score was based on data from a Dutch cohort and has been validated with separate datasets from Belgium, the Netherlands and England.

The six questions in the risk score concern self-reported behaviours:

  • Condomless receptive anal intercourse in the past six months (score 1.1)
  • Sharing of sex toys in the past six months (score 1.2)
  • Fisting without gloves in the past six months (score 0.9)
  • Injecting drug use in the past 12 months (score 1.4)
  • Sharing of straws to snort drugs in the past 12 months (score 1.0)
  • An ulcerative sexually transmitted infection in the past 12 months (score 1.4)

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