Week Ending August 29, 2022

At-Home Hepatitis C Screening: What Are the Options?
“Hepatitis C is an infection that affects the liver. The hepatitis C virus (HCV), which causes the infection, is usually transmitted by coming into contact with blood that’s positive for the virus.”

Few HIV Patients Treated for Hep C Given Contraindicated HIV Drugs
“Patients treated with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) for hepatitis C virus (HCV) and antiretrovirals (ARVs) for HIV rarely receive drug combinations that are contraindicated, according to real-world data from the EuroSIDA study.”

‘I campaign for more awareness around hepatitis C – after being cured of it’: Man shares how he wants to help others with the virus
“Now, a healthy 37-year-old, he wants to raise awareness of the stigma around hepatitis C – a blood-borne condition that, in the majority of cases (90%), can be treated and cured. But in the 12 years that have passed since Philip’s diagnosis, public perception of the virus hasn’t progressed very much – and this is what he hopes to change.”

HCV Reinfection Rare Among Patients Receiving Opioid Agonist Therapy
“After successful antiviral treatment of hepatitis C infection, the risk of reinfection was low among patients receiving opioid agonist therapy, a recent study found.”

How a Cancer-Causing Virus Evades the Immune Response
“Scientists have discovered a mechanism by which a cancer-causing virus can escape the body’s immune response. The research – led by Florida State University’s (FSU) Department of Biological Science and the Institute of Molecular Biophysics – is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.”

How Does Hepatitis C Spread?
“Unlike cold or flu viruses, the hepatitis C virus (HCV) does not spread easily. It is transmitted by direct contact with blood that carries the virus. Before screening donated blood for hepatitis C became mandatory in 1991, most transmission occurred through blood transfusions.”

Hepatitis C and Clinical Trials
“Clinical trials are the means by which new drugs and treatments are tested to determine if they work. They are the engine that drives progress in medicine. For patients who have run out of other options, clinical trials offer a last chance at a potentially effective therapy. In some cases, they provide access to research treatments before they are made widely available.”

Alcohol and Hepatitis C
“If you’ve been diagnosed with hepatitis C, your doctor has probably advised you to give up alcoholic beverages. For some people, this can be one of the most difficult lifestyle adjustments to make. But it’s also one of the most important.”

How Is Hepatitis C Diagnosed?
“Hepatitis C viruses are so small that they can only been seen with the most powerful electron microscopes. Yet simple tests can reliably tell whether someone has been exposed to the virus. Other tests can show if someone still has an active infection. Still other tests are able to gauge the extent of damage to the liver.”