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  • Hepatitis C

    Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is chiefly transmitted by blood-to-blood contact. When the blood of a person with hepatitis C enters the bloodstream of another person,...

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  • Hepatitis C

    Hepatitis C is a serious infection caused by a virus.It damages the liver, which performs essential functions in the body.Some people have hepatitis C for...

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  • Symptoms

    Patterns of hepatitis C disease progression vary considerably from person to person. Some people never experience symptoms, some rapidly develop symptoms of acute hepatitis and...

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  • Diagnosis and monitoring

    A blood test for antibodies to HCV will usually tell whether or not a person has been exposed to the virus. United Kingdom guidelines recommend...

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  • Practical steps to eliminating hepatitis C: a consensus for London

    The aim of this document is to reinforce the need for urgent leadership from the Department of Health, PHE and NHS England and concerted action from Local Authorities, Health and Wellbeing Boards, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and service providers to improve hepatitis C testing and treatment services in London for people with a history of using drugs – the group most affected by chronic hepatitis C – in order to find and treat significantly more people affected by the disease.

    17 November 2014 | London Joint Working Group on Substance Use and Hepatitis C
  • Half of people with hepatitis C unaware

    Dr Vivian Hope of Public Health England said: "With around half of those people living with hepatitis C still unaware of their infection, we need to do more to increase diagnosis rates. Ultimately, this will help reduce the current high level of infection we’re still seeing among people who inject drugs."

    05 November 2014 | Public Health England press release
  • Uncovering cases of early HCV infection in HIV-positive men

    While screening the blood samples of patients for HCV antibodies can be useful, a new study suggests that in some cases such antibodies may not appear for several months after HCV infection has occurred. In such cases, acute HCV infection might be missed if antibody tests alone are used for screening - RNA testing should be used to screen HCV infection.

    17 September 2014 | CATIE
  • Hepatitis C annual report: progress made, but much more to do

    New figures from PHE reveal hospital admissions, liver transplants and deaths from hepatitis C (HCV) have all risen in the UK.

    28 July 2014 | Public Health England
  • 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
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