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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
More Evidence That HIV-Negative Gays Contract Hep C Via Sex

Increasing evidence suggests that hepatitis C transmits sexually among HIV-negative men who have sex with men, and not just among HIV-positive MSM.

Published
26 December 2014
From
AIDSMeds
Preventing hepatitis C patients from being lost in the health-care system

A new study shows that many patients infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) are lost during different stages of health care to manage the disease. This real-life' view of the HCV patient care continuum in a major U.S. urban area highlights the importance of generating awareness among clinicians and at-risk groups about appropriate HCV testing, referral, support and care.

Published
19 December 2014
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Drug users targeted in bid to stop hep C transmission

Injecting drug users will be offered a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C as part of a Melbourne study to assess whether treating them can reduce transmission of the virus in the community.

Published
17 December 2014
From
Sydney Morning Herald
Pakistani Blood Transfusions Spreading Hepatitis, HIV: Official

Lax oversight of blood banks means about a fifth of patients in Pakistan who get regular transfusions have been infected with hepatitis, a top government health official said on Friday. Some also get HIV.

Published
09 December 2014
From
HepatitisCNewDrugs
Safer injecting practices would be better promoted by focusing on pleasure and practical concerns – not the risk of infection

Harm reduction interventions often fail to engage people who inject drugs because they over-emphasise infection and risk, Magdalena Harris of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical

Published
03 December 2014
By
Roger Pebody
"Promising" results in Oxford trials of Hepatitis C vaccine

A new vaccine developed by researchers at the University of Oxford has generated a strong immune response against the Hepatitis C virus in human volunteers. The vaccine is the first Hepatitis C inoculation to reach this stage of clinical trials, and the results have been promising. The 15 healthy human volunteers who took part in the phase 1 safety trial all responded positively.The study found that after the second, booster inoculation, all 15 volunteers had large, broad and sustained T cells responses.

Published
26 November 2014
From
Cherwell
Practical steps to eliminating hepatitis C: a consensus for London

The aim of this document is to reinforce the need for urgent leadership from the Department of Health, PHE and NHS England and concerted action from Local Authorities, Health and Wellbeing Boards, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and service providers to improve hepatitis C testing and treatment services in London for people with a history of using drugs – the group most affected by chronic hepatitis C – in order to find and treat significantly more people affected by the disease.

Published
17 November 2014
From
London Joint Working Group on Substance Use and Hepatitis C
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