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Friday, Oct 19, 2018

News Recap:

Want a Say in the Direction of HepCBC?
Online or in person, attend HepCBC’s Annual General Meeting. Actual event is Saturday, November 3rd from 2 to 3 pm. 1947 Cook Street.

UC researchers recommend universal screening to tackle rise in Hepatitis C.
Physicians are encountering a growing number of younger patients who are testing positive for hepatitis C virus (HCV) fueled largely by the opioid crisis impacting communities around the country. That increase and more effective and tolerable drug regimens for HCV infection, means one-time universal screening of all adults for HCV is now cost effective and recommended.

Does Cannabis Use Reduce Cirrhosis Risk in HCV Patients?
In an observation of a large pool of patients with HCV, cannabis users had a lower prevalence of liver cirrhosis, more favorable health status at hospital discharge, and lower total health care costs than non-users.

HepCBC at the Coast Mental Health Clubhouse.
On October 12, 2018, HepCBC sent two volunteers to man a hepatitis B and hepatitis C info booth at the Coast Mental Health Clubhouse (11th Avenue and Sophia Street in Vancouver).

HEP C & PRISONS Webinar NOW AVAILABLE for online viewing!
On October 2, 2018, Dr. Sofia Bartlett gave a BCCDC “Grand Rounds” talk in Vancouver: “Hepatitis C virus micro-elimination among prison populations: Demonstration of feasibility and models of care from Australia.” The presentation has been uploaded and is now available at this link:
http://mediasite.phsa.ca/Mediasite/Showcase/BCCDC/
Presentation/ddb6c1af017b4d1cafd49b7815af4bb41d