Week Ending May 3, 2021

What to Know About Telehealth for Hepatitis
“Telehealth, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been increasingly adopted as a facet of mainstream health care—not only by primary care physicians but a great many medical specialists as well.”

How I Found Peace with My Hepatitis C Diagnosis
“At 19, I received a diagnosis of chronic hepatitis C. It was one of those moments that makes you think, “There’s no coming back from this.” After all, how do you find peace with a diagnosis that could change your life forever?”

Combination Therapy an Affordable Option for Hepatitis C Treatment
“More affordable direct-acting antiviral treatments are needed to treat hepatitis c virus (HCV) infections in low and middle-income countries. One potential answer is the combination of ravidasvir, a pangenotypic non-structural protein 5A (NS5A) inhibitor, and sofosbuvir, which has shown efficacy and safety for patients with chronic HCV genotype 4 infections.”

Can Dried Blood Spot Testing Increase Retention in Care for Hepatitis C?
“Non-retention in care for hepatitis C is a challenge, even when participation rates are high among innovative testing and care centers such as the use of dried blood spot testing (DBS), according to a paper published in International Journal of Drug Policy.

Study Explores Limits of HBV Vaccination in Patients Treated for HCV
“Patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection often have poor responses to hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination even if they have been treated for HCV and achieved sustained viral response (SVR), according to a new study.”

The Prevalence of Hepatitis C Virus Antibodies among Hemodialysis Patients
“The incidence of viral hepatitis in hemodialysis units has declined over the past 20 years with improved infection control strategies, including patient surveillance and segregation, plus improved prophylaxis with immune globulin, hepatitis B immune globulin, hepatitis B vaccines, and disinfectant procedures.”

What to know about hepatitis C screening
“Infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) causes no symptoms for many people. Anyone who may have it should contact a healthcare professional for testing, and some people benefit from regular screening.”

What Can Help Your Liver With Hepatitis C and Liver Disease?
“Everything you consume and are exposed to is processed by your liver. It’s important to know what’s a friend or foe to your liver.”

Hepatitis C Care and Elimination in Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation: An Indigenous Community‐Led Model
“Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation (ACN) is an indigenous community located in rural Central Saskatchewan with a high prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Based on data from clinical records, approximately 12.5% of the community population (200 cases of N = 1600) had a history of HCV infection (i.e., HCV antibody positive). An existing program serving HIV clients identified almost 97% of clients to be HCV antibody positive, with few receiving HCV treatment.”