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Hepatitis C and chemsex

Chemsex and slamming (injecting) are largely understood to be responsible for a marked increase in Hepatitis C among gay men. This raises additional issues if you are already living with HIV.

Fucking, fisting, sharing douche kit, sharing lube, and sharing dildos and snorting straws can all put you at risk of catching Hepatitis C, HIV and other STIs. You can reduce your risk by:

  • Using condoms for fucking or getting fucked
  • Using sterile syringe and needles when injecting
  • Using latex or non latex gloves when fisting or getting fisted
  • Using your own supply of lube and not sharing
  • Using a new condom on dildos every time
  • Using your own straw when snorting drugs

Hepatitis C | GMFA
Gay Men's Hepatitis C Support Group | GMFA
Hepatitis C | NHS
Hepatitis C | Wikipedia
Hepatitis C | British Liver Trust
Hepatitis C | Hepatitis C Trust

Disinfecting douche heads

Keeping douche heads and kit clean is an important part of reducing risks, especially at sex parties where they may be shared. Use a commercially available sex toy cleaner or you can make up your own solution of 1 part thin bleach to 10 parts water. Make sure you clean and rinse well before each use.

Check out Hepatitis C, including treatments, under our STI section

Hepatitis C | MEN R US


Hepatitis C more stigmatising than HIV: gay men’s attitudes towards hepatitis C reinfection | 4 Jun 2019 | nam aids map
English clinic survey finds that 40% of gay men with new hepatitis C infections are HIV negative | nam aidsmap | 7 Apr 2019
New Hepatitis C cases down by almost 70 per cent in HIV positive men in London | Imperial College | 6 Mar 2019
Epidemic of sexually transmitted hepatitis C in gay men now involves both HIV-positive and HIV-negative men | nam aidsmap | 29 Mar 2019
Unprecedented hepatitis C infection rates seen in gay men in Amsterdam PrEP programme | nam aidsmap | 25 Jul 2018
Hepatitis C drops among HIV-positive London gay men after direct-acting antiviral scale-up | World Hepatitis Alliance | 7 Mar 2019
Hepatitis C is detectable in rectal and nasal fluid | nam aidsmap | 13 Nov 2018
New HCV infections in HIV positive gay men | i-base | 17 Aug 2017
Hepatitis C infection and reinfection among men who have sex with men | World Hepatitis Alliance | 29 Sep 2016
Sexual transmission of HCV is increasing among gay and bisexual men with HIV | nam Aidsmap | 18 Sep 2015
Acute HCV infections observed among HIV-negative gay men in London | nam Aidsmap | 10 Jun 2015
The chemsex study | London Boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham | Sigma Research | March 2014

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