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Hepatitis C testing linked to reduced opioid use among people who inject drugs

Getting tested for hepatitis C virus (HCV) was associated with reduced drug use, especially among those who tested positive, but even people who tested negative saw some

Published
25 October 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Maviret cures most people with HCV genotype 3 and those with cirrhosis

Glecaprevir and pibrentasvir, the two drugs in the recently approved Maviret co-formulation, demonstrated high sustained response rates for people with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 3

Published
24 October 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
HCV infection is rising among HIV-positive gay men in San Diego

Hepatitis C incidence is increasing among gay and bisexual men living with HIV in San Diego, according to the largest analysis of its kind done in the

Published
24 October 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Deaths Rates of Liver Cirrhosis Exceed Those of 5 Major Cancers

A new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® – held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases – found that liver cirrhosis mortality is greater than that of five major cancers, implying the development of appropriate interventions to treat or prevent liver cirrhosis must be prioritized.

Published
23 October 2017
From
AASLD
Screening for Hepatitis C Improves Opioid Abuse Treatment Outcomes

Research presented this week at The Liver Meeting® – held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases – shows people in treatment for opioid substance abuse significantly lowered their non‐prescribed opioid use after testing positive for hepatitis C virus.

Published
23 October 2017
From
AASLD
Hepatitis C cure leads to improved quality of life

People who were cured of hepatitis C with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) had sustained improvements in their health-related quality of life, including both physical and mental

Published
23 October 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Another outbreak related to the nation's opioid crisis: hepatitis C

The nation’s opioid epidemic has unleashed a secondary outbreak: the rampant spread of hepatitis C. New cases of the liver disease have nearly tripled nationwide in just a few years, driven largely by the use of needles among drug users in their 20s and 30s, spawning a new generation of hepatitis C patients..

Published
18 October 2017
From
Washington Post
Restrictions on free DAA access in many European countries contrary to guidelines and undermine HCV elimination targets, say researchers

The restrictions which many European countries impose on free/reimbursed access to hepatitis C virus (HCV) direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) are contrary to guidelines and undermine the

Published
17 October 2017
By
Michael Carter
California declares state of emergency over deadly hepatitis A outbreak

California Gov. Brown declared a state of emergency Friday because of a hepatitis A outbreak that has killed at least 18 people in the state. The declaration allows state health officials to buy additional doses of the hepatitis A vaccine to try to halt the outbreak, which is already the nation’s second largest in more than two decades.

Published
16 October 2017
From
Los Angeles Times
Rapid fibrosis progression in large proportion of HIV-positive gay men after acute HCV

Over a third of HIV-positive gay men develop significant liver fibrosis after an episode of acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, German investigators report in

Published
11 October 2017
By
Michael Carter

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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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