High levels of hepatitis C virus (HCV) can be found in the rectal and nasal fluids of people with high hepatitis C viral loads even when blood is not present, Austrian researchers reported on Sunday at the 2018 AASLD Liver Meeting.
The findings reinforce the plausibility of HCV transmission through sharing of rolled-up bank notes or other equipment for snorting drugs.
The findings were presented by Dr David Chromy of the Medical University of Vienna on behalf of the Vienna HIV & Liver Study Group.
Dr Chromy said that “unprotected anal intercourse and sharing of drug-sniffing tools represent high-risk practices for HCV transmission in viremic patients,” and that patients need to be warned of the potential risks.
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