San Francisco Doctors Report Two Hepatitis C Infections Among PrEP Users

Doctors at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco have reported that two previously hepatitis C negative men who have sex with men have contracted the virus through sexual activity and while on PrEP. The news was reported in the Feb. 19 edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

AIDSMap reports the two men were part of a cohort of people receiving the HIV prevention drug through the health programs. There were 485 people who started the drug between February 2011 and December 2014.

Hep C hadn't been thought as sexually transmitted. But the study that underscored that finding relied on heterosexual couples. Recent studies have found probable sexual transmission of the virus -- which attacks the liver -- in men who have sex with men in the U.S., Europe and Australia.

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