The Link Between Excessive Drinking and Having Hepatitis C

May 25, 2016 People with hepatitis C virus (HCV) are more likely to drink excessively or to have quit drinking, News Medical reports. Publishing their findings in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers analyzed data from 20,041 participants in the 2003 to 2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.…

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Introducing New HHS Viral Hepatitis Site

May 24, 2016 Today we are pleased to launch a new HHS viral hepatitis website that will support our work across federal agencies and with partners across the nation to fight viral hepatitis.  This is an important step in our efforts to raise greater awareness about viral hepatitis prevention, testing,…

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Conflicting Reports on Whether Having HIV Affects Hepatitis C Cure Rates

May 23, 2016 Two recent studies have come to conflicting conclusions about whether HIV coinfection affects the chance of achieving a hepatitis C virus (HCV) cure through direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatment in a real-world setting, aidsmap reports. Researchers presented these studies at the 51st International Liver Congress in Barcelona. One…

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Does having HIV affect response to hepatitis C treatment?

16 May 2016 A study from the US Veterans Health Administration found that HIV-positive people responded as well as those without HIV to direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy for hepatitis C, while a Spanish study showed that people with HIV/HCV co-infection were less likely to be cured. These conflicting findings, presented…

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Hepatitis B Cases on the Rise in Kenya

June 28, 2014 According to Relief Web, Kenya is reporting a significant rise in hepatitis B virus (HBV) among blood donors. HBV cases are now triple the HIV rate in the East African country, and co-infection also is increasing. No studies have yet been done to identify a reason for…

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EASL 2016 Roundup

May 16, 2016 The 51st International Liver Congress, the annual meeting of the European Association of the Study of the Liver (EASL), took place from April 13 to 17 in Barcelona. As in recent years, hepatitis C virus (HCV) news dominated. However, a smaller share of the news this year…

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