HCV Transmission in MSM

HCV is primarily a blood borne infection, so sex that includes blood-to-blood has the highest risk. In MSM, this has led to the view that the risk of transmission is high when using sex toys, fisting, “slamming”, chemsex, and “rough sex”. Although HCV has been found in semen, and also in vaginal fluid, until now […]

Co-infection with HCV increases cancer risk for people with HIV

As a result of highly-active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), many people with HIV now have a near-normal life expectancy. However, rates of serious non-HIV-related illnesses are higher among people with HIV compared to individuals in the general population. Several studies have shown that even for people taking effective HAART, they have higher risk of several malignancies not traditionally associated […]

Legal Challenge to the NHS on HCV Treatment

The Hepatitis C Trust has announced it is considering seeking judicial review of NHS England’s decision to impose a cap on the number of people treated for hepatitis C (HCV) in England. There are around 160,000 people living with hepatitis C, but treatment will be rationed to just 20,000 individuals over the next two years. Only […]

Who Should Get the New Hepatitis C (HCV) Treatment?

New drugs for hepatitis C (HCV) are a significant improvement on those that were previously available. But pharmaceutical companies are charging extremely high prices for them, which is forcing health services to make difficult choices about which patients should be prioritised to receive the new drugs. Only those people with the most advanced liver disease are […]

HIV, Hepatitis C and Bone Problems

We already know that – compared to the general population –osteoporosis (problems due to weak bones) is more common both among people living with HIV and among people living with hepatitis C (HCV). There is a link between the viruses and bone loss, possibly caused by the immune system’s ongoing inflammation and activation, as it attempts to […]

New Treatment Options for HCV

Many people with HIV also have hepatitis B (HBV) and/or hepatitis C (HCV). This is sometimes referred to as ‘co-infection’. Liver disease caused by hepatitis is a major cause of serious illness and death in people with HIV and hepatitis co-infection. Both hepatitis B and hepatitis C can be treated. There is a lot of research […]