Week Ending June 8, 2021

Experts encourage screenings as hepatitis cases on the rise
“New data from the CDC reports that there was also a discrepancy between the number of reported infections and the projected true number of cases.”

For Patients with Hepatitis C, a Model of Community Care
“Karen King found out that she’d contracted hepatitis C about a year after a boyfriend died of a fentanyl overdose. A shared needle was the cause, she said, although she had tried to sterilize it.”

Hepatitis C Micro-Elimination beyond Prison Walls: Navigator-Assisted Test-and-Treat Strategy for Subjects Serving Non-Custodial Sentences
“BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The Spanish prison population includes two groups: people in prison and those who are serving non-custodial sentences. The latter has not yet been studied. This study aims to describe this population and the results of a test-and-treat strategy for hepatitis C including a holistic health assessment.”

Fast Five Quiz: Are You Prepared to Confront Hepatitis C?
“Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). It is a major public health problem. Infection with HCV can lead to both acute and chronic hepatitis, varying in severity from a mild illness of short duration to a serious, lifelong disease. Exposure to infected blood is the principal mode of HCV transmission.”

Pharmacist-led HCV Treatment Programs Helps Patients Follow Through
“A pharmacist-led program for hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment could enable patients to achieve a sustained virologic response while adhering to the desired treatment regimen.”

Hepatitis C Virus Persistence after Spontaneous or Treatment-Induced Resolution of Hepatitis C
“It is presumed that resolution of hepatitis C, as evidenced by normalization of liver function tests and disappearance of hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA from serum, as determined by conventional laboratory assays, reflects virus eradication.”

The road to a hepatitis-free future
“A new California bill is taking action to bridge disparities in testing and treatment for the liver diseases hepatitis B and C.”