No data exist on hepatitis B virus (HBV) incidence among African men who have sex with men (MSM). We tested plasma samples archived between 2005 and 2014 for HBV core antibody or surface antigen seroconversion in a cohort of 312 initially human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1-negative MSM with no evidence of prior HBV infection. Hepatitis B virus incidence was 6.0/100 person-years (95% confidence interval [CI], 3.9-9.1). Hepatitis B virus acquisition was associated with being uncircumcised (adjusted incidence rate ratio [aIRR], 5.0; 95% CI, 1.5-16.8), recent HIV-1 acquisition (aIRR, 2.9; 95% CI, 1.1-7.7), rape (aIRR, 5.0; 95% CI, 1.2-20.4), and any tertiary education (aIRR, 3.2; 95% CI, 1.1-9.7). African MSM have a substantial risk of HBV acquisition and require vaccination urgently.
Wahome, E., Ngetsa, C., Mwambi, J., Gelderblom, H. C., Manyonyi, G. O., Micheni, M., Hassan, A., Price, M. A., Graham, S. M., Sanders, E. J.