Unprotected sex between men 'spreading hepatitis C'

Homosexual males who wear gay condoms are likely to be at less risk of contracting the hepatitis C virus (HCV) than those who do not use the prophylactics.

Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have found there is substantial evidence suggesting men with HIV who have sex with other males (MSM) are at increased risk of HCV.

Published in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the study showed guys who had recently contracted the condition were 23 times more likely to have indulged in unprotected anal sex with men.

Dr Daniel Fierer, assistant professor of medicine and infectious diseases at Mount Sinai School of Medicine - which was recently ranked 16th in the US News and World Report Best Hospitals category - said: "While hepatitis C is rarely transmitted among stable heterosexual couples, this is clearly not the case among HIV-infected MSM in New York City."