Hepatitis C Virus Epidemiology, Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Natural History

  • Author: Francesco Negro, MD (More Info)
  • Editors In Chief: Stefan Zeuzem, MD
  • Last Reviewed: 5/23/18 (What's New)

Summary

  • Hard evidence that HCV is sexually transmissible is limited although some data argue in favor of the hypothesis
    • Sexual contact is the second most common risk factor for HCV acquisition among patients with acute HCV infection
    • However, the prevalence of HCV infection reported in groups at high risk for STDs is relatively low

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