Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Read Now: Expert Opinions on HIV Cure Research
   
Ask the Experts About

Hepatitis and HIV CoinfectionHepatitis and HIV Coinfection
           
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


Hep C & Gay Sexual Transmission
Sep 22, 2001

As I read the prior answers on file, I see that Hep.C is a blood-to-blood vector & non sexual in transmission. Yet there is a rise in infection rates amongst gay men who have "unsafe sex". Does this mean that Hep.C resides in semen of gay men? What are the sexual activities that promote transmission & co infection? There is something here that I am not understanding, thanks.

Response from Dr. Rodriguez-Torres

Hepatitis C is a blood borne disease and is present in all body fluids in different concentrations.There is sexual trasmission of the virus, but is low.If you see the CDC data, they report up to 15%.In HIV positive patients the sexual trasmission is higher.You need to understand that this results are difficult to assess.People that share sex,also share needles and razors. In my experience treating thousands of HCV and HIV-HCV co infected cases ,I still have not found a single case where I could say without doubt, that the trassmission was sexual.It may be my population ,but this is the case.Many reports have stated that the gays have much less incidence of HCV,unless they have other risk factors.Safe sex is always the best bet.



Previous
hepitis A
Next
Hepatitis C

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
Advertisement



Q&A TERMS OF USE

This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement