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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 this..do you get it the same way as HIV...is it really easy to get with anal unprotected sex? I suppose if your HIV and then Get Hep C..is it all over?

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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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