The recent publication by Harney et al. (2021) The Incidence of Hepatitis C Among Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men in Australia, 2009-2019, in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, draws on data from clinics participating in ACCESS across Australia. Harney et al. show that hepatitis C incidence has declined among gay and bisexual men living with HIV and has remained stable among HIV negative gay and bisexual men. Incidence was also very low among gay and bisexual men using PrEP, compared to European studies.
This is the most comprehensive analysis of hepatitis C incidence among gay and bisexual men undertaken in Australia to date, and one of the largest globally. These data provide empirical evidence that Australia is on-track to achieve the virtual elimination of hepatitis C among gay and bisexual men before 2030 WHO targets.