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.
We have developed a combined approach that targets the different levels that play an important role in the spread of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections among MSM. We have identified the following levels: the individual, the community, the professional, the context, the patient, the network, the epidemic. Simultaneously addressing these levels is the most effective way to reach our goal. Discerning these different levels also makes it possible to evaluate MC Free per segment. Read more about our approach here.
In the Netherlands, most new HCV are diagnosed in (HIV positive) MSM. The recent availability of very effective and tolerable antiviral agents makes elimination of HCV among MSM possible. Early detection of a virus infection as well as prevention of (re-)infections is essential to reach our goal. Within MC Free, the expertise of virologists, doctors, epidemiologists, social scientists and specialists in the field of (sexual) health are therefore linked to the needs, ideas and efforts of the community.
In collaboration with the MSM community, MC Free developed and initiated the NoMoreC project. NoMoreC consists of online and offline interventions aimed at increasing knowledge and awareness among MSM and professionals, facilitating early diagnosis and stimulating risk reduction. Read more about the NoMoreC project here.
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.