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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
16 hours ago
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
Young drug injectors on opioid maintenance therapy have lower risk of hepatitis C infection

Young people who inject drugs (PWID) who undergo opioid agonist maintenance therapy with methadone or buprenorphine have more than a 60% reduced risk of acquiring hepatitis C

Published
11 November 2014
By
Liz Highleyman
Half of people with hepatitis C unaware

Dr Vivian Hope of Public Health England said: "With around half of those people living with hepatitis C still unaware of their infection, we need to do more to increase diagnosis rates. Ultimately, this will help reduce the current high level of infection we’re still seeing among people who inject drugs."

Published
05 November 2014
From
Public Health England press release
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
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