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'I gave birth, and got Hepatitis C'

When Jackie Britton was given a blood transfusion after childbirth, she thought it was saving her life. But the infected blood could have killed her. There are thought to be thousands like her. They often feel overlooked in the wider NHS contaminated blood scandal.

Published
21 September 2018
From
BBC News
Overwhelming evidence shows hepatitis C treatment effective for people who inject drugs

Researchers are calling on an end to discriminatory health and illicit drugs policies, based on overwhelming evidence that new hepatitis C therapies are effective at curing the virus in people who inject drugs.

Published
21 September 2018
From
EurekAlert
EPO Upholds Gilead Patent On Hep C Medicines, But In Amended Form

The European Patent Office (EPO) on 13 September ruled in favour of pharmaceutical company Gilead and maintained the company’s patent on hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir. The patent, however, is maintained in an amended form. Civil society involved in the case expressed dismay over the outcome and its potential effect on European drug prices.

Published
16 September 2018
From
Intellectual Property Watch
Egypt to launch largest anti-Hepatitis C campaign ever in October

Egypt will launch the "largest medical campaign in the world" next October to detect and treat Hepatitis C virus for 50 million citizens upon President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s orders, according to Wednesday statement by Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady.

Published
13 September 2018
From
Egypt Today
Groups Call for End to Gilead’s Unwarranted Hepatitis C Drug Monopoly in Europe

This week in Munich, the European Patent Office (EPO) will hear a legal challenge filed by groups in 17 countries against an unmerited patent that allows US-based pharmaceutical corporation Gilead Sciences to charge exorbitant prices in Europe for the key hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir.

Published
11 September 2018
From
MSF press release
South Africa: Almost half of injecting drug users surveyed have contracted Hepatitis C

Close to half of injecting drug users surveyed in South Africa are living with the potentially deadly Hepatitis C virus, a new study has found. But a drug that could cure them, and that is used in several countries, remains unavailable in South Africa.

Published
15 August 2018
From
Bhekisisa
HIV and chronic HCV co-infection prevalence in England highest among MSM

Men who have sex with men (MSM) make up the majority of people with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) who have co-infection with HIV, according to data

Published
15 August 2018
By
Michael Carter
Fewer Australians are dying from hepatitis C, but thousands are still missing out on treatment

The number of Australians dying from liver failure and liver cancer related to hepatitis C has dropped by 20 per cent in just two years, according to preliminary data released today by The Kirby Institute.

Published
13 August 2018
From
ABC News
HIV infection is a risk factor for liver fat accumulation

People living with HIV are about twice as likely to develop steatosis, or fat accumulation in the liver, even if they don't have hepatitis B or C co-infection,

Published
08 August 2018
By
Liz Highleyman
Fighting hepatitis C demands more than cheap drugs

Providing cheap drugs against the hepatitis C virus (HCV) has had limited success in fighting the disease in South-East Asia where poor health services and stigma surrounding the infection are significant barriers, says a new survey.

Published
30 July 2018
From
SciDev.Net
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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