Systematic review finds high HCV prevalence and incidence among MSM

24 November 2020

Article: 54/4706

In collaboration with the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales, the World Health Organization (WHO) has published a systematic review and meta-analysis of the prevalence and incidence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in men who have sex with men (MSM).

The findings from this review show that MSM populations globally have a high burden of HCV infection, with substantial variations across countries and regions. In this review, the overall pooled HCV prevalence in MSM was 3.4%.

The WHO has set targets to eliminate HCV by 2030. There are currently an estimated 71 million people globally who have chronic HCV infection, and each year there are an estimated 1.75 million new infections.

Source: WHO, 17 November 2020