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Opportunistic Treatment for Inpatients With Hepatitis C Is Superior to Standard Care
“An opportunistic test-and-treat approach is superior to referral-based standard care for individuals hospitalized with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection with a history of injection drug use, according to findings published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.”

Antivirals May Help Fight Blood Cancer Potentially Caused by Viruses
“Multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, may be caused by viruses and therefore may be fought by antivirals.”

The Breakthrough Drug Whose Full Promise Remains Unrealized
“Prior to 2013, the backbone of hepatitis C virus (HCV) therapy was pegylated interferon (PEG) in combination with ribavirin (RBV). This year-long therapy was associated with significant side effects and abysmal cure rates. Although efficacy improved with the addition of first-generation protease inhibitors, cure rates remained suboptimal and treatment side effects continued to be significant.”

SVR Improves Long-Term Health-Related Quality of Life in Patients with Chronic HCV
“Findings from a recent study are providing clinicians with an overview of longitudinal changes in the health-related quality of life in patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV). Results highlighted the significant influence of sociodemographic factors, including gender, age, income, and HCV genotype, on patients’ long-term well-being, also calling attention to the benefit of achieving sustained virological response (SVR).”

Clinician Quiz: Hepatitis C Treatment Recommendation Updates
“Thanks to advances in technology and pharmacotherapy, the diagnosis and management of hepatitis C virus has evolved greatly in recent years. In 2023, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases partnered with the Infectious Diseases Society of America to develop a focused update to guidance published in 2020. An 18-page document citing more than 160 references, the focused update spotlights major changes related to screening, organ transplant, and expanded treatment options for children and adolescents. Test your knowledge of these updates in the quiz…”