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Hepatitis C: Delaware’s hidden epidemic

Delaware’s skyrocketing number of heroin users face a hidden epidemic in hepatitis C, and many can’t get the medicine they need to get well. Patients must jump through hoops to secure the costly medicines through their private or government insurance plans, allowing the infection to slowly destroy their livers. The state public health division reports about 1,200 chronic hep C cases a year. However, state health workers claim actual HCV cases are drastically underreported. Delaware is one of seven states that has not consistently given its hep C numbers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 2009.

Published
26 August 2015
From
Delaware Online
How the Heroin Crisis Ushered in a Hepatitis C Epidemic

Meanwhile, high prices and stringent requirements from insurers and Big Pharma are limiting access to effective treatment.

Published
12 August 2015
From
Boston magazine
Viral hepatitis – 400 deaths a day in the WHO European Region could be prevented

Over 13 million people in the WHO European Region are living with chronic hepatitis B infection and over 15 million with chronic hepatitis C infection. Two-thirds of those infected are in eastern Europe and Central Asia. Hepatitis B and C infections lead to 400 deaths in the Region every day.

Published
27 July 2015
From
WHO Europe
Acute HCV infections observed among HIV-negative gay men in London

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections are occurring among HIV-negative gay men in London, investigators report in the Journal of Viral Hepatitis. Researchers at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital identified

Published
10 June 2015
By
Michael Carter
Hepatitis C treatment could halve HCV transmission among gay men in UK over 10 years

Access to more effective hepatitis C treatment could halve new infections among men who have sex with men in the United Kingdom over the next decade, according

Published
05 June 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
Appalachia gripped by hepatitis C epidemic, bracing for HIV

Patton Couch, 25, is one of thousands of young Appalachian drug users recently diagnosed with hepatitis C. Yet public health officials warn that it could get much worse. Two hundred miles north, Scott County, Indiana, is grappling with one of the worst American HIV outbreaks among injection drug users in decades. Kentucky, with the nation's highest rate of acute hepatitis C, might be just a few dirty needles away from a similar catastrophe. "One person could be Typhoid Mary of HIV," said Dr. Jennifer Havens, an epidemiologist at the University of Kentucky's Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, who has studied Perry County drug users for years as the hepatitis rate spiraled through small-town drug circles there. An explosion of hepatitis C, transmitted through injection drug use and unprotected sex, can foreshadow a wave of HIV cases.

Published
04 June 2015
From
CNS
Reinfection after hepatitis C cure: prevention may require long-term support for people who have injected drugs

Reinfection rates after hepatitis C cure among people who inject drugs, as well as past drug users, are relatively low, according to findings from studies from Norway

Published
04 June 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
Hep C… and Me?

A hookup mentioned hepatitis C. It made me question my life. Should I be getting tested for hep C? Did I need to be asking tricks about their status? Was my blissful ignorance about hep C a problem?

Published
29 May 2015
From
BETA blog
Hepatitis B and C - An Action Plan for Saving Lives in Europe

Last year, leading experts, institutions, patient organisations and pharmaceutical industry representatives met and agreed that the major recommendations produced between 2011 and 2014 should be compiled into one comprehensive document, to make it easier for policy makers, decision makers, civil society organisations and healthcare institutions to tackle viral hepatitis effectively.

Published
20 May 2015
From
European Liver Patients Association
HIV Outbreak: Why Austin? Why Indiana?

I think the reason we see it here is because we found it. Many areas of the country are experiencing, along with drug abuse, especially in smaller, rural towns, high unemployment, lower incomes and a lack of education. Sadly, there are places in this country where the future looks bleak

Published
20 May 2015
From
WHAS 11.com
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