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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.

Published
27 June 2017
From
BBC
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.

Published
23 May 2017
From
Healio
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.

Published
19 May 2017
From
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.

Published
25 April 2017
From
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.

Published
20 April 2017
From
EASL press release
Two-thirds of people with HIV/HCV co-infection in Southeast Asia in need of HCV therapy

Almost two-thirds of people with HIV/hepatitis C virus (HCV) co-infection in Asia are in need of HCV therapy with a fifth of people having cirrhosis, investigators report

Published
24 March 2017
By
Michael Carter
HCV Infection Linked to Nonhepatic Cancers in the Elderly

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection may be linked to cancers other than hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), such as bile duct cancers and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), according to a study published in Cancer.

Published
21 February 2017
From
Infectious Disease Advisor
HCV Screening Shouldn't Just Focus on At-Risk Populations

At the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) in Seattle, Washington, researchers from MedStar Health Research Institute in Maryland presented new data on hepatitis C virus (HCV)-positive non-baby boomers.

Published
21 February 2017
From
Contagion Live
WHO guidelines on hepatitis B and C testing

These are the first WHO guidelines on testing for chronic HBV and HCV infection and complement published guidance by WHO on the prevention, care and treatment of chronic hepatitis C and hepatitis B infection. These guidelines outline the public health approach to strengthening and expanding current testing practices for HBV and HCV, and are intended for use across age groups and populations.

Published
21 February 2017
From
World Health Organization
Bridging gaps in hepatitis C awareness and diagnosis

If ever there was an area of healthcare where place-based care could have a major impact on local public health gains it is the identification and treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infected patients. However the same reasons that point to place-based health systems being of value for this condition also make it one of the most difficult challenges to take on. If place-based care can be made to work for treating HCV it can be made to work across the system.

Published
10 February 2017
From
New Local Government Network
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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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