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HCV sexual transmission linked to anal sex, drug use, lower CD4 count

In addition to the usual risk factors for hepatitis C virus (HCV) sexual transmission seen in most previous studies – such as anal sex and having other

Published
31 March 2015
By
Liz Highleyman
World first trials for hepatitis C wonder drug in Sydney's maximum security jails

Two of NSW's maximum security jails are the location for a world-first trial of a new wonder drug that could stop the spread of the blood-borne disease hepatitis C through the prison populations.

Published
30 March 2015
From
Sydney Morning Herald
Re-infection due to ongoing risk probably the cause of HCV recurrence after SVR

Rates of hepatitis C virus (HCV) reoccurrence after successful therapy differ markedly between risk groups, according to the results of a meta-analysis presented at the recent Conference on

Published
11 March 2015
By
Michael Carter
Sexual Transmission of HCV in Gay Men Should Not Be a PrEP Deterrent, Say Advocates

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.

Published
26 February 2015
From
The Body
Clinicians report two acute HCV infections in Kaiser San Francisco PrEP programme

Two HIV-negative gay men receiving HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) through Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco were newly infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), with sex being their only

Published
22 February 2015
By
Liz Highleyman
Hepatitis C more prevalent than HIV/AIDS or Ebola yet lacks equal attention

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.

Published
05 February 2015
From
Medical Xpress
ChemSex and HCV transmission among UK MSM

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.

Published
03 February 2015
From
BMJ Group blogs
Vertical transmission of HCV: The next big treatment frontier

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.

Published
20 January 2015
From
EATG
HCV prevention campaigns need to focus on reducing frequency of injecting drug use involving sharing of equipment

Sharing injecting equipment is associated with a low per-event probability of hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission, Australian investigators report in the online journal PLOS ONE. Their analysis

Published
13 January 2015
By
Michael Carter
First of its kind HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection guide to help curb increasing prevalence and mortality in the UK launched

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.

Published
29 December 2014
From
56 Dean Street, via Medical News Today
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