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mapCrowd: an online data collection platform for hepatitis C information

Médecins du Monde (MdM) and Treatment Action Group (TAG) are pleased to announce the launch of mapCrowd (, an innovative online resource and data collection platform for gathering and sharing hepatitis C information.

09 February 2016
Treatment Action Group
HCV on the Rise in Dialysis Patients, CDC Warns

The number of reported newly acquired hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among hemodialysis patients is growing, the CDC said. In an announcement posted on its website late Wednesday, the CDC said it was contacted about 36 cases of acute HCV infections at 19 different clinics, and that in nine of those clinics, HCV transmission was found to occur between patients.

29 January 2016
MedPage Today HIV/AIDS
'Half' of injecting drug users in Wales at Hepatitis C risk

Half of known injecting drug users are at risk of contracting Hepatitis C, Public Health Wales has warned. It said so-called legal highs had been "a real game changer" and the health risk was becoming a "substantial" problem.

03 January 2016
BBC News
Hepatitis C prevention, control efforts should focus on incarcerated individuals

More than one in nine people with hepatitis C in Canada spend time in a correctional facility each year and researchers said this presents a unique opportunity to focus hepatitis C prevention and control efforts in incarcerated populations.

17 December 2015
EurekAlert (press release)
Survey shows hepatitis infection rates falling: Health Minister

The previous survey, conducted in 2008, set the overall infection rate at 10%, compared to the 7% reported by the survey announced on Monday. This puts the total number of hepatitis-C cases at approximately 3.5 million, and the number of hepatitis-B cases at 800,000, according to the survey results.

09 December 2015
Daily News Egypt
‘Game-changing’ infection therapies plus harm reduction ‘flood’ would roll back hepatitis C epidemic

This hot topic describes the different components of hepatitis C control, including diagnosis, treatment and prevention. It reviews the place of harm reduction, which up to now has been the mainstay of hepatitis C control, and what could be game-changing additions to this armoury, in the form of new treatments for people already infected.

27 November 2015
Drug & Alcohol Findings
The True Hepatitis C Prevalence in the United States: It's Higher Than What's Usually Reported

For years, Edlin and others have been saying that the NHANES data underestimate hepatitis C prevalence. Rather than the 3.6 million people in the U.S, who are hep C-antibody positive and 2.7 million who are infected, Edlin et al. estimate that there are 4.6 million hep C-antibody positive people in the U.S. with 3.5 million infections.

25 November 2015
Huffington Post
HCV transmission during anal sex may happen without blood, study in HIV/HCV coinfected men finds

Hepatitis C virus is present in large enough quantities in the rectal fluid of men with HIV and hepatitis C co-infection to permit HCV transmission without the

16 November 2015
Keith Alcorn
UK: Almost half of people who inject drugs unaware they have hepatitis C

PHE figures show that while 48% of injecting drug users were unaware of having hepatitis C, rates of HIV among this group remain low at 1%. Latest figures from Public Health England (PHE) show that almost half of injecting drug users (48%) were unaware of having hepatitis C although rates of HIV among this group remain low (1%). The Shooting Up report highlights the changing patterns of injecting drug use and the impact local interventions are having on...

13 November 2015
Public Health England
New Syringe Design Not Particularly Effective at Curbing Spread of Hepatitis C

A newer type of syringe designed to reduce HCV transmission by decreasing the so-called dead space—the volume that exists between the syringe hub and needle in comparison to standard and widely used high dead space designs—reduced the percentage of contaminated syringes from 98 to 65%. The researchers have not finished testing the syringes’ effectiveness at reducing other blood-borne pathogens such as HIV.

06 November 2015
Yale News
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