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Opioid Maintenance Therapy Linked to Lower Hepatitis C Rates for People Who Inject Drugs

Young drug injectors who undergo opioid agonist maintenance therapy using buprenorphine or methadone have a lower likelihood of becoming infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) than those who continue injecting or use other types of substance use treatment, according to a study published in the October 27 edition of JAMA Internal Medicine.

Published
29 October 2014
From
HIVandhepatitis.com
HCV sexual transmission: HIV negative may be at risk, more awareness and testing needed

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is known to be sexually transmitted among HIV positive men who have sex with men, but HIV negative men may be at risk as well, according to recent reports. Other recent studies have looked at awareness of HCV sexual transmission and screening practices, suggesting that improvement is needed in both areas.

Published
16 October 2014
From
HIVandHepatitis.com
Egypt: Poor infection control to blame for hepatitis C epidemic

Country-wide campaigns to combat schistosomiasis in the 1960’s and 70’s may not be the major cause of the Egypt’s hepatitis C epidemic. Widespread breaches of hygiene in medical care are largely responsible.

Published
15 October 2014
From
Nature Middle East
Investigating an outbreak of hepatitis C virus among MSM without HIV

Given the reports about the high-risk practices taking place in London (and likely other cities in high-income countries), it is likely that cases of sexually transmitted HCV are also occurring in some HIV-negative MSM. To investigate this possibility, researchers in London reviewed health-related information collected from HIV-negative patients who sought care at selected clinics in that city.

Published
01 October 2014
From
CATIE
STIs and Hep C levels at all-time high in Australia

The Kirby Institute’s Annual Surveillance Report suggests a number of STIs are continuing to increase, with syphilis and gonorrhoea leading the charge. Hepatitis C infections are also a growing health issue with more people now dying from viral hepatitis infection than from HIV when it was in its peak in the 80s and 90s.

Published
22 September 2014
From
Gay News Network
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
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