After two men on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) at the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center tested positive for the hepatitis C virus (HCV), clinicians at the center penned a letter to the editor of the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases calling for routine HCV testing in gay men who are currently on PrEP. The two men were among 485 HIV-negative gay men receiving PrEP at the clinic between 2011 and 2014.
13 hours ago | The Body
More than 180 million people in the world have hepatitis C, compared with the 34 million with HIV/AIDS and the roughly 30,000 who have had Ebola. Yet very little is heard about the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the way of awareness campaigns, research.
05 February 2015 | Medical Xpress
A recently published guide for health professionals (ChemSex & Hepatitis C), claiming to be based on c.500 conversations with MSM clients, offers an illuminating, ground-level account of one risk environment: events involving “ChemSex”, or the collective use of recreational drugs to enhance sexual experience. The authors claim that ChemSex parties are a growing HCV risk for MSM for three reasons: greater availability of certain non-injection drugs; increased injecting drug use; more widespread use of smartphone Apps and online “hooking-up” sites.
03 February 2015 | BMJ Group blogs
Novel antiviral therapies with overwhelmingly positive sustained virologic response rates have dominated headlines in hepatitis C virus for the past few years, but many experts said eradication efforts may never completely succeed until the clinical community deals with mother-to-baby transmission of the disease.
20 January 2015 | EATG
The ChemSex and hepatitis C: a discussion guide for HCPs has been developed by 56 Dean Street's David Stuart, who has a wealth of experience in providing drug addiction services to HIV/HCV co-infected MSM. The guide, endorsed by The Hepatitis C Trust, is based on over 500 conversations with MSM, aims to inform healthcare professionals and services providers across the UK around ChemSex (the use of recreational drugs for sex) and HIV/HCV co-infection to empower them to use the terminology that will most resonate with these at-risk groups, and to ensure they are being diagnosed and treated effectively.
29 December 2014 | 56 Dean Street, via Medical News Today
Increasing evidence suggests that hepatitis C transmits sexually among HIV-negative men who have sex with men, and not just among HIV-positive MSM.
26 December 2014 | AIDSMeds
A new study shows that many patients infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) are lost during different stages of health care to manage the disease. This real-life' view of the HCV patient care continuum in a major U.S. urban area highlights the importance of generating awareness among clinicians and at-risk groups about appropriate HCV testing, referral, support and care.
19 December 2014 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
Injecting drug users will be offered a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C as part of a Melbourne study to assess whether treating them can reduce transmission of the virus in the community.
17 December 2014 | Sydney Morning Herald
Lax oversight of blood banks means about a fifth of patients in Pakistan who get regular transfusions have been infected with hepatitis, a top government health official said on Friday. Some also get HIV.
09 December 2014 | HepatitisCNewDrugs
A new vaccine developed by researchers at the University of Oxford has generated a strong immune response against the Hepatitis C virus in human volunteers. The vaccine is the first Hepatitis C inoculation to reach this stage of clinical trials, and the results have been promising. The 15 healthy human volunteers who took part in the phase 1 safety trial all responded positively.The study found that after the second, booster inoculation, all 15 volunteers had large, broad and sustained T cells responses.
26 November 2014 | Cherwell