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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.

Published
17 September 2014
From
CATIE
HIV-Negative Gay Men May Acquire Hepatitis C Sexually

HIV-negative men who have sex with men (MSM) are apparently at risk for sexual acquisition of hepatitis C virus (HCV), the National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project reports. Their risk factors are likely similar to those of HIV-positive men. Researchers at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London conducted a retrospective study of the clinic’s patients in which they identified 44 acute cases of hep C among HIV-negative MSM between January 2010 and December 2013.

Published
09 September 2014
From
Aidsmeds.com
That holiday pedicure may leave you with hepatitis C

"In places like Bali, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, hepatitis C can be nine or 10 times more prevalent than at home, and this coupled with generally lower standards of equipment sterilisation in the average tattoo parlour or where you get pedicures can greatly increase the risk of infection," Tyrell says.

Published
01 September 2014
From
Courier Mail
Expanded harm reduction provision achieves impressive reductions in HCV incidence among PWID in Scotland

Implementation of comprehensive harm reduction policies has achieved impressive reductions in incidence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Scotland, research published

Published
20 August 2014
By
Michael Carter
Emergent HCV epidemic among young, non-urban people who inject drugs in the United States

Incidence of acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection increased significantly among young, non-urban people who inject drugs in the United States between 2006 and 2012, investigators report in

Published
18 August 2014
By
Michael Carter
Study predicts hepatitis C will become a rare disease in 22 years

Effective new drugs and screening would make hepatitis C a rare disease by 2036, according to a computer simulation conducted by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Published
05 August 2014
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Couples-based intervention has impact on HCV incidence and risky sexual behaviour among drug-involved couples in Kazakhstan

A couples-based risk reduction intervention reduced hepatitis C virus (HCV) incidence and levels of sexual risk-taking among drug-involved couples, investigators report in the online edition of the Journal

Published
01 August 2014
By
Michael Carter
WHA Adopts Resolution On Hepatitis; Member States Concerned Over High Prices

The resolution urges member states “to develop multisectoral national strategies for preventing, diagnosing, and treating viral hepatitis.” The resolution also asks states to consider using the flexibilities endorsed in the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) to promote access to specific pharmaceutical products.

Published
23 May 2014
From
Intellectual Property Watch
Today new hepatitis resolution is passed at world health assembly; challenges World Health Organization and member states to act

Today, four years after introducing its first viral hepatitis resolution, the World Health Assembly (WHA)—the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO)—passed the Hepatitis Resolution, which commits the WHO and United Nations (UN) member states to urgent action to address the global hepatitis pandemic, including that of hepatitis C virus (HCV).

Published
23 May 2014
From
Treatment Action Group
Defuse Hepatitis C, the Viral Time Bomb: Test and Treat Hepatitis C

In 2010, the 63rd World Health assembly (WHA) adopted the first resolution on viral hepatitis; a new resolution will be presented at this assembly. We, people living with HCV, HIV/AIDS, people who use drugs, and our advocates, urge United Nations (UN) Member States to act with urgency to end the hepatitis C epidemic; it is possible!

Published
21 May 2014
From
Treatment Action Group
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