Does hepatitis C occur in my sexual network?

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Important messages
- Not all gay men are at risk of hepatitis C. The chance of running into hep C depends on the type of sex you have.
- Hepatitis C is mostly found among HIV positive gay men.
- Hepatitis C is also somewhat more commonly found among men who use (or wish to start using) PrEP. HIV negative men, including PrEP users, are at greater risk of hepatitis C if they have sex without condoms in a network in which hepatitis C goes around.

Specific networks

You will usually know if hepatitis C occurs in your sexual network. For example because

  • a fuck buddy has had hepatitis C
  • a friend or a more distant person who “fishes in the same pond of men” as you, has got infected with hepatitis C

At risk or not?

 

The chance of running into hepatitis C is bigger if you

- get fucked without condom

- like fisting or ass play

 

The chance of getting infected increases if you

- do these things in a group setting, at a sex party or an after.

- use chems

 

It is mostly HIV positive men that get hepatitis C. This STI is also found somewhat more commonly among HIV negative men who use (or wish to start using) PrEP.

 

Here you read how hepatitis C is transmitted. And here you get advice on testing or not.

 

 

 

Among HIV positive men especially

It is mostly HIV positive men that get hepatitis C through sex

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  • This isn’t because of the HIV infection; it is because hepatitis C is more common in the sexual networks of HIV positive men.
  • If you take anti-HIV medication, you are still at risk of this STI.
  • Of course, not all HIV positive men have the same risk of getting hepatitis C. If you’re HIV positive, the risk of getting hepatitis C largely depends on the type of sex you

 

 

But also among HIV negative men

HIV negative men also get hepatitis C through sex. Hepatitis C is somewhat more commonly found among men who use (or wish to start using) PrEP.

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If you are HIV negative, you have a higher risk of getting hepatitis C if you have sex without condoms in a network in which hepatitis C goes around.

PrEP

Hepatitis C is more common among men who use (or wish to start using) PrEP.

  • PrEP is unlikely to make you more biologically vulnerable to hepatitis C.​

Of course, not every PrEP user has the same risk of getting hepatitis C. If you use PrEP, your chance of getting hepatitis C will depend on the type of sex you have.

 

 

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