Anti-HCV prevalence higher in MSM injection drug users vs. nonusers

Published: November 18, 2014

E. C. Seaberg
Original Article:

Injection drug-using men who have sex with men had a higher anti-hepatitis C virus prevalence rate compared with men who did not inject drugs, according to study data.

“The objective of this study was to determine whether the factors associated with HCV prevalence and spontaneous clearance among [men who have sex with men] differ by mode of acquisition,” the researchers wrote.

Researchers recruited 6,972 men who have sex with men (MSM) enrolled in the Multicentre AIDS Cohort Study (MACS), an observational study of MSM in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and tested serum and plasma samples to determine HCV status. The cohort consisted of injection drug users (IDUs), non-IDUs, HIV-infected men and HIV-uninfected men. The median age of the patients was 33.5 years; 72.7% were white, 42% were HIV-infected and 6,890 were included in final analyses.

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