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Hep C
Nov 11, 2003

How big of a problem is this for the Gay community right now? How do you get you get it the same way as it really easy to get with anal unprotected sex? I suppose if your HIV and then Get Hep it all over?

Response from Dr. Pierone

I think that Hepatitis C is becoming more of a problem for the gay community. This virus historically has been more of a problem for IVDA population because it is transmitted very efficiently by sharing needles. It can be transmitted by unsafe sex, but less easily than HIV. There are many people co-infected with HIV and Hepatits C and on the whole, they actually do very well. Hepatitis C is treatable (and curable) and better medications are coming. Current therapy is anchored by interferon, but protease inhibitors for Hepatitis C have shown promising results and more studies are under way.

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