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Acute HCV spontaneous clearance rates low among HIV coinfected

Most patients with HIV who become infected with hepatitis C will not clear the infection spontaneously and face a chronic course, according to a study presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, also known as CROI. The researchers advocate for amended direct-acting drug labels and guidelines to allow usage of DAA therapy during the acute phase of HCV in high-risk individuals.

13 March 2018
Deaths from liver cancer nearly double since the 1990s, new figures reveal

Over the last two decades, deaths caused by liver cancer have increased by 80 percent, making it one of the fastest-growing causes of cancer deaths worldwide.

01 February 2018
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Screening for Hepatitis C Improves Opioid Abuse Treatment Outcomes

Research presented this week at The Liver Meeting® – held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases – shows people in treatment for opioid substance abuse significantly lowered their non‐prescribed opioid use after testing positive for hepatitis C virus.

23 October 2017
Hep C: An end in sight?

Despite its prevalence, hepatitis C has long been under-prioritised by health services. But could new drugs and a new commitment from the NHS mean we may finally see this killer condition eradicated?

05 October 2017
Drink & Drug News
Targeting MSM with HIV: Treatment as Prevention in the Netherlands

As part of Dutch HIV guidelines, all individuals with HIV are screened for hepatitis C. Anne Boerekamps, MD, of Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, spoke with HCV Next about the Dutch approach, the relevant data, and other topics associated with screening and treating MSM.

18 July 2017
Healio Hepatology
Charity calls for new focus to combat Hep C infections in Scotland

A charity has called for greater efforts to eliminate Hepatitis C (HCV) from Scotland. There are about 37,000 people living with the virus - but campaigners say as many again are undiagnosed.

27 June 2017
Hepatic steatosis worsens faster in HIV mono-infection than HIV/HCV

Hepatic steatosis progressed faster and was more often associated with liber fibrosis progression among patients with HIV mono-infection compared with patients with HIV/hepatitis C coinfection, according to recently published data from an ongoing cohort study.

23 May 2017
Graphene sensor could speed hepatitis diagnosis

Researchers in the UK and China are joining forces to develop a graphene-based sensor for on-the-spot diagnosis of hepatitis A, B and C. Particularly useful in areas with a high incidence of the highly infectious liver disease, such as China, the sensor could help stop the spread of hepatitis by speeding up diagnosis and allowing treatment to start more quickly.

19 May 2017
The Engineer
New Canadian guideline: No screening for hepatitis C in adults not at increased risk

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care recommends against screening for chronic hepatitis C virus in adults at low risk in a guideline published in Canadian Medical Association Journal.

25 April 2017
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Long-term antibiotic prophylaxis reduces mortality in people with advanced liver disease

A multicenter, randomized, controlled study presented today found that long-term oral antibiotic therapy with norfloxacin improved the prognosis of people with life-threatening advanced liver disease. The study, presented at The International Liver Congress™ 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, showed that norfloxacin administration for six months was associated with a reduced risk of death and infection at six months in patients with Child-Pugh class C cirrhosis, a very severe and advanced stage of liver disease.

20 April 2017
EASL press release
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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