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  • Hepatitis C

    Hepatitis C can cause the same types of symptoms and long-term liver damage as hepatitis B, though the two viruses are not related. Recent estimates find that...

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  • How hepatitis C is passed on

    When the blood of a person who has hepatitis C enters the bloodstream of another person, that person could get hepatitis C.Tiny and unseen traces...

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  • How hepatitis C is passed on during sex

    Hepatitis C can be passed on during sex that could lead to contact with small traces of blood.Many gay men with HIV have picked up...

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  • Transmission

    HCV is mainly transmitted by direct blood-to-blood contact. The sharing of needles and other drug injecting equipment, such as spoons and cotton, is the most...

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    It’s Sunday afternoon and it’s raining. I’m bored and horny. However, I’ve got £20 left over from the night before and this will be enough...

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  • The True Hepatitis C Prevalence in the United States: It's Higher Than What's Usually Reported

    For years, Edlin and others have been saying that the NHANES data underestimate hepatitis C prevalence. Rather than the 3.6 million people in the U.S, who are hep C-antibody positive and 2.7 million who are infected, Edlin et al. estimate that there are 4.6 million hep C-antibody positive people in the U.S. with 3.5 million infections.

    22 hours ago | Huffington Post
  • UK: Almost half of people who inject drugs unaware they have hepatitis C

    PHE figures show that while 48% of injecting drug users were unaware of having hepatitis C, rates of HIV among this group remain low at 1%. Latest figures from Public Health England (PHE) show that almost half of injecting drug users (48%) were unaware of having hepatitis C although rates of HIV among this group remain low (1%). The Shooting Up report highlights the changing patterns of injecting drug use and the impact local interventions are having on...

    13 November 2015 | Public Health England
  • New Syringe Design Not Particularly Effective at Curbing Spread of Hepatitis C

    A newer type of syringe designed to reduce HCV transmission by decreasing the so-called dead space—the volume that exists between the syringe hub and needle in comparison to standard and widely used high dead space designs—reduced the percentage of contaminated syringes from 98 to 65%. The researchers have not finished testing the syringes’ effectiveness at reducing other blood-borne pathogens such as HIV.

    06 November 2015 | Yale News
  • New research traces hepatitis C infections in Scotland back to WWII

    The researchers showed that HCV entered Scotland during the 1930s and 1940s while also spreading to other countries throughout the world, probably through the mass treatment of soldiers in field hospitals.

    28 October 2015 | Medical Xpress
  • NYU researchers observe upward trend in hepatitis C infection rates among HIV+ men who have sex with men

    Current rate of HCV incidence may be as high as two in every hundred per year.

    15 September 2015 | New York University press release
  • Hepatitis C: Delaware’s hidden epidemic

    Delaware’s skyrocketing number of heroin users face a hidden epidemic in hepatitis C, and many can’t get the medicine they need to get well. Patients must jump through hoops to secure the costly medicines through their private or government insurance plans, allowing the infection to slowly destroy their livers. The state public health division reports about 1,200 chronic hep C cases a year. However, state health workers claim actual HCV cases are drastically underreported. Delaware is one of seven states that has not consistently given its hep C numbers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 2009.

    26 August 2015 | Delaware Online
  • How the Heroin Crisis Ushered in a Hepatitis C Epidemic

    Meanwhile, high prices and stringent requirements from insurers and Big Pharma are limiting access to effective treatment.

    12 August 2015 | Boston magazine
  • Viral hepatitis – 400 deaths a day in the WHO European Region could be prevented

    Over 13 million people in the WHO European Region are living with chronic hepatitis B infection and over 15 million with chronic hepatitis C infection. Two-thirds of those infected are in eastern Europe and Central Asia. Hepatitis B and C infections lead to 400 deaths in the Region every day.

    27 July 2015 | WHO Europe
  • Appalachia gripped by hepatitis C epidemic, bracing for HIV

    Patton Couch, 25, is one of thousands of young Appalachian drug users recently diagnosed with hepatitis C. Yet public health officials warn that it could get much worse. Two hundred miles north, Scott County, Indiana, is grappling with one of the worst American HIV outbreaks among injection drug users in decades. Kentucky, with the nation's highest rate of acute hepatitis C, might be just a few dirty needles away from a similar catastrophe. "One person could be Typhoid Mary of HIV," said Dr. Jennifer Havens, an epidemiologist at the University of Kentucky's Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, who has studied Perry County drug users for years as the hepatitis rate spiraled through small-town drug circles there. An explosion of hepatitis C, transmitted through injection drug use and unprotected sex, can foreshadow a wave of HIV cases.

    04 June 2015 | CNS
  • Hep C… and Me?

    A hookup mentioned hepatitis C. It made me question my life. Should I be getting tested for hep C? Did I need to be asking tricks about their status? Was my blissful ignorance about hep C a problem?

    29 May 2015 | BETA blog
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