Week Ending April 4, 2022

Is There a Hepatitis C Vaccine?
“While some people will clear HCV completely, 55 to 85 percent develop a chronic infection, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 2.4 million people in the United States had chronic hepatitis C in 2016.”

Hepatitis C in Black Americans
“Black people in the United States are not only more likely to get hepatitis C, a viral infection affecting the liver, but also are less likely to access treatment for this now-curable disease. These factors contribute to disproportionately high death rates among Black people with hepatitis compared to all other racial or ethnic groups.”

I was here first! How hepatitis C inhibits hepatitis E
“It is well known that co-infections with hepatitis viruses do exist. “However, the co-infection of hepatitis C and E has not yet been systematically researched,” says Thomas Burkard. “Even though the possibility always looms that a simultaneous infection with two viruses could perhaps be particularly dangerous.”

CDC Recommends Universal Hepatitis B Vaccinations for Adults
“The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new guidelines for hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination, calling for universal HBV vaccination for all adults aged 19-59 years in the US.”

Racial Disparities in Hepatitis C Treatment Eligibility
“Hepatitis C, a viral infection affecting the liver, doesn’t impact all communities equally. Certain racial and ethnic groups are more likely to become infected. They are also less likely to access treatments that can cure this potentially life-threatening disease.”

The Need for Additional Funding to Achieve Viral Hepatitis Elimination
“The National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR), a national coalition working to eliminate viral hepatitis, today released the following statement from Director of Policy Daniel Raymond on President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget proposal and subsequent funding levels for viral hepatitis and related programs: “

What to know about hepatitis C and cryoglobulinemia
“Cryoglobulins are abnormal proteins in the bloodstream. In people with cryoglobulinemia, these proteins may clump together in cold temperatures, reducing blood flow and leading to organ, tissue, joint, and nerve damage.”