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New strains of hepatitis C found in Africa

The largest population study of hepatitis C in Africa has found three new strains of the virus circulating in the general population in sub-Saharan Africa. The discovery suggests certain antiviral drugs used in the West may be less effective against these strains, and local clinical trials of patients are urgently needed. Published in Hepatology, the study could inform hepatitis C vaccine development and assist the World Health Organisation's aim of eliminating hepatitis C globally.

Published
17 December 2018
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
New treatment could see NZ eradicate Hepatitis C in next 20 years

It's hoped a new treatment for Hepatitis C will put New Zealand on track to eradicate the virus within 20 years. Pharmac has announced funding for a medication that can cure all types of it.

Published
17 December 2018
From
Newshub
Rwanda launches 5-year campaign to eradicate hepatitis C

Rwanda on Tuesday launched a five-year plan to detect and treat hepatitis C virus as part of a campaign that aims at eliminating hepatitis C in the country.

Published
12 December 2018
From
Xinhua
Moving on with my life: Getting cured of hepatitis C

Interviews with people who have had successful treatment for hepatitis C & what it means for them. Made for the annual conference of the London Joint Working Group on Substance Use & Hepatitis C, Held at The Guildhall London on 3 December 2018.

Published
07 December 2018
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YouTube
Millions flock to free tests as Egypt seeks to eradicate hepatitis C

Egypt, which has the highest rate of hepatitis C in the world, is carrying out an unprecedented campaign to detect and treat the disease in a bid to eliminate it by 2022. It aims to test the entire adult population — about 50 million people.

Published
06 December 2018
From
Reuters
Liver transplant from HIV+ living donor to negative recipient: the unanswered questions

A lifesaving partial liver transplant from an HIV-infected mother to her uninfected child – the first of its kind – was conducted last year at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Johannesburg. More than a year later, both mother and child are doing well. But the crucial question of the child’s HIV infection status remains unanswered. And we don’t expect to have a definitive answer any time soon.

Published
29 November 2018
From
The Conversation
4.5 percent of examined Egyptians tested positive for Hepatitis C

Minister of Health and Population HalaZayed said that the tests carried out as part of Egypt’s national campaign’s first stage revealed that 4.5 percent of the examined citizens tested positive for Hepatitis C.

Published
22 November 2018
From
Egypt Today
Eliminating Hepatitis: A unique opportunity that shouldn't be missed

Micro-elimination seeks to eliminate HCV in particular target populations, permitting rapid, focused action. It can also address inequities in service delivery by concentrating health system attention on stigmatised groups. Initiatives aimed at specific risk groups, such as men who have sex with men, migrants and drug users, already exist for HIV in so-called ‘Fast-Track’ cities, such as Amsterdam and Madrid and need to be adapted to include hepatitis.

Published
22 November 2018
From
The Parliament Magazine
PHE and NHSE launch national drive to trace hepatitis C patients

Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England have launched a national exercise to identify and treat patients who have been previously diagnosed with hepatitis C.

Published
21 November 2018
From
GOV.UK
USA: Over two million people living with hepatitis C from 2013 to 2016

Megan G. Hofmeister, M.D., M.P.H., from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and colleagues analyzed 2013 to 2016 data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to estimate the prevalence of HCV in the noninstitutionalized civilian population.

Published
08 November 2018
From
Medical Xpress

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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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