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  • Project Inform disappointed with direction of California hepatitis C testing bill

    During this current legislative season, Project Inform sponsored California Senate Bill (SB) 1303, authored by Senator Norma Torres — a bill that would require healthcare practitioners in all primary care settings, except hospitals and emergency rooms, to make a one-time offer of a hepatitis C test to patients born between 1945 through 1965 (“Baby Boomers”) and other patients with identified risk factors for hepatitis C. The bill was modeled after legislation passed in New York State, based on hepatitis C testing recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the United States Preventive Services Task Force.

    10 June 2014 | Project Inform
  • Medicare Will Cover Hepatitis C Screening in Primary Care Settings

    Medicare will cover HCV screening for all adults at high risk and one-time screening for all adults born between 1945 and 1965.

    09 June 2014 | aids.gov
  • WHO Hepatitis Treatment Guidelines: UNITAID Urges Efforts to Improve Diagnosis as Key to Increase Access to Medicines

    Developing simpler, quicker and more affordable viral load technologies is the key to vastly improved management of the hepatitis C virus.

    09 April 2014 | UNITAID
  • Fewer Americans are living with hepatitis C, because more have died

    The number of Americans who are infected with hepatitis C is falling, but that’s probably because more people who have been sickened by the virus are dying as a result, government researchers reported Monday.

    04 March 2014 | Los Angeles Times
  • Antiretroviral therapy reduces liver decompensation risk in HIV/HCV coinfected patients

    HIV positive people with hepatitis C coinfection who start combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) are less likely to develop decompensated liver disease, or liver failure, according to a study published in the March 1, 2014, edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

    21 February 2014 | HIVandHepatitis.com
  • AASLD 2013: Aspirin and Cenicriviroc May Help Reduce Liver Fibrosis

    Hepatitis C patients who took low-dose aspirin after liver transplantation experienced slower fibrosis progression, researchers reported at the AASLD Liver Meeting this month in Washington, DC. Two other studies showed that cenicriviroc -- a drug being developed for HIV treatment that blocks both CCR5 and CCR2 cell surface receptors -- had anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic activity in mice and rats.

    28 November 2013 | HIVandhepatitis.com
  • Gay Men Should Be Tested for Hepatitis C

    Dr Lawrence Mass, a co-founder of GMHC, calls for explicit US public health recommendations on hepatitis C testing for sexually active gay men.

    31 October 2013 | Huffington Post (blog)
  • Lack of HCV Genetic Diversity Tied to Higher Liver Disease Risk in Women With HIV

    Lack of hepatitis C virus (HCV) genetic diversity in HCV/HIV-coinfected women independently raised the odds of liver disease in an analysis of the Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS). WIHS investigators believe absence of HCV diversity could prove a useful predictor of progression to liver disease.

    12 October 2013 | NATAP
  • Health Department Announces Plan to Combat Hepatitis C

    The Health Department today released the City’s first-ever plan for reducing illness and death from the hepatitis C virus (HCV), a disease that now accounts for more annual deaths nationwide than HIV/AIDS. In Hepatitis C in New York City: State of the Epidemic and Action Plan, the Health Department calls for new efforts to expand testing for HCV and to ensure that all people with HCV infection are evaluated for treatment.

    08 October 2013 | New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (press release)
  • Canada should screen all baby boomers for hepatitis C, experts argue

    A group of doctors says Canada should start screening all baby boomers for the potentially deadly liver disease hepatitis C.

    01 October 2013 | The Globe and Mail
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