MC Free wants to reduce the number of Hepatitis C infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Amsterdam by combining scientific research with innovative interventions.
The MC Free consortium is a partnership between the department of Medical Microbiology at the Amsterdam UMC – location AMC, the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD Amsterdam), Soa Aids Nederland, Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD), Stichting HIV Monitoring (SHM) and the MOSAIC study.
In the Netherlands, most new Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections are diagnosed in (HIV positive) MSM. Finding infections fast and preventing (re-)infections is essential to reach our goal. MC Free connects the needs of the community with scientific knowledge and care. The collaboration with the community is a central part of MC Free.
MC Free intervenes on different levels to fight the HCV epidemic among MSM in Amsterdam. We develop interventions for MSM aimed at increasing knowledge of HCV transmission, risk reduction and test strategies. Next to that we conduct research on transmission dynamics through advanced phylogenetic techniques and provide training for professionals involved in HIV, HCV and STI care.