Hepatitis C Virus Awareness Among Men Who Have Sex With Men in Southwest Switzerland.

TitleHepatitis C Virus Awareness Among Men Who Have Sex With Men in Southwest Switzerland.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsClerc, O, Darling, K, Calmy, A, Dubois-Arber, F, Cavassini, M
JournalSexually Transmitted Diseases
Date Published2016 Jan
ISBN Number1537-4521 (Electronic)

{BACKGROUND: In Switzerland, the incidence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) rose 18-fold between 1998 and 2011. We aimed to evaluate transmission risk factors, awareness, and seroprevalence of HCV among MSM in southwest Switzerland. METHODS: From 1st June 2011 to 31st August 2012, trained health care professionals invited individuals attending (1) MSM screening clinics and (2) indoor and outdoor meeting areas to complete an anonymous questionnaire. Consenting participants were rapid tested for HCV (OraQuick HCV Rapid Antibody Test). RESULTS: Of 918 MSM approached, 654 agreed to participate, most of whom (536, 82%) were enrolled via MSM screening clinics. Of 654 participants, 21 (3.2%) disclosed being HIV positive; 140 (21%) had unknown HIV status. In the preceding 12 months, 357 (55%) of 654 participants reported unprotected anal intercourse (UAI) and 321 (49%) of 654 participants reported UAI with partners of different/unknown HIV status. Not HIV serosorting was reported more frequently among HIV-positive individuals (76%, P


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Alternate JournalSex Transm Dis
Citation Key / SERVAL IDserval:BIB_4F43DE4C1BB5
PubMed ID26650996


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