REPORT BACK: VIROLOGY EDUCATION’S 11th INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON HIV/HCV CO-INFECTION
july 2, 2015
On June 11th and 12th this year, CTAC attended the Virology Education workshop on HIV/hepatitis C co-infection in London. Policy Researcher Adam Cook attended the two-day conference alongside speakers, delegates, and attendees from over 25 countries. This conference was an excellent opportunity for researchers, clinicians, and stakeholders to discuss the unique and challenging issues surrounding HIV/HCV co-infection, treatment, and support.
For those interested in Co-Infection frontline work and interventions, the most impactful presentations were certainly those presented by David Stuart of the 56 Dean St. Clinic in London. Stuart’s work on HCV transmission among GBMSM (gay and bisexual men who have sex with men) was presented from an academic, community, and frontline perspective. It was a refreshingly sociological complement to much of the epidemiological data presented and helped frame the issue of sexual transmission of HCV amongst that population. For many clinicians and researchers, Stuart’s work appeared to be a new perspective that challenged contemporary messaging about the risk of sexual transmission of HCV while acknowledging the realities of the GBMSM community. For CTAC, this work has already been influential in our own investigation of sexual transmission of HCV amongst the GBMSM community and our continued work on HIV/HCV co-infection.