Week Ending June 2, 2021

Based on WHO targets, care model improves hepatitis C management in dialysis facilities
“A collaborative approach between nephrologists and gastroenterologists led to improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C virus across 31 dialysis facilities in Changhua County, Taiwan.”

A Pathway to Success on HCV Treatment and Elimination
“Hepatitis C virus (HCV) continues to cause high mortality, with the rate of HCV-related deaths among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people more than double the national rate.”

Pregnant People Should Be Screened for Hepatitis C
“Individuals should receive screening for hepatitis C during every pregnancy, according to a practice advisory crafted by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and endorsed by the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.”

What happens after curing hepatitis C? Avoiding, minimising or accepting the risks of re-infection
“As part of the Swiss HCVree trial, MSM living with HIV and hepatitis C received direct-acting antivirals for hepatitis C. Men reporting sexual risk behaviour also received behavioural counselling aimed at teaching risk reduction strategies.”

How hepatitis C virus evades the immune system
“Researchers from Osaka University discover a novel molecular mechanism by which hepatitis C virus evades the immune system to cause chronic infection”

Access to viral hepatitis diagnosis and treatment is still limited: WHO
“Hepatitis B and C cause 1.1 million deaths and 3 million new infections every year, respectively, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). But diagnosis and treatment remain low.”

Syringe Services Programs Are Vital to Ending the Hepatitis C Epidemic
“In 2015, Scott County, Indiana, found itself in the midst of one of the most severe injection drug use-related HIV outbreaks in United States history. The syringe services program was created after more than 200 people in the county of only 24,000 had been diagnosed with HIV. Since the primary cause of the outbreak was due to the sharing of the contaminated needles, the SSP enabled the residents newly living with HIV to get into care and become virally suppressed.”