Our understanding of hepatitis C (HCV) transmission and the development of effective HCV treatment has evolved dramatically in recent years. In high resource countries, HCV is primarily passed through sharing used injection drug equipment, however, HCV infections were occurring among HIV-positive gbMSM who reported not having used injection drugs. This confused public health for years until recent research was able to show that HCV can be passed through sexual contact. Campaigns like Frank Talk by the Community Based Research Centre have attempted to educate gbMSM on how HCV could be passed during rough sexual contact through small traces of blood. Research now shows that HCV can be found in semen, providing new evidence that HCV may be transmitted sexually without exposure to blood.
This webinar will highlight the latest research on HCV transmission and treatment, with the goal of better equipping public health, healthcare providers and gbMSM with updated information about the sexual transmission of HCV. The webinar will include an overview presentation by Scott Anderson (HCV writer/researcher at CATIE), as well as presentations from the Pacific Hepatitis C Network (PHCN) and community members with lived experience.
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