Targeted Hepatitis C testing misses substantial number of cases in correctional setting

Researchers recommend routine testing for all incarcerated individuals upon arrival. Results from a new study led by Boston Medical Center (BMC) found routine Hepatitis C testing identified a significant number of cases that would have been missed by targeted testing among a population of individuals in Washington State prisons. Published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the authors recommend routine testing in correctional facilities to be

HepCBC Reaches Inmates through Info-Fairs at 8 Federal Prisons in BC

HepCBC Reaches Inmates through Info-Fairs at 8 Federal Prisons in BC: November 5 - 9, 2018 – Abbotsford, Harrison Mills, Agassiz/Harrison Hot Springs, Mission, and Metchosin, BC One of the most likely places to acquire and/or to be living with hepatitis C is prison, with 20-40X the national prevalence of HCV (https://ctac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Access-to-Treatment-in-Federal-Institutions-Web-1.pdf ). Conversely, with its concentrated and highly-reg

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 Dr. Sofia Bartlett, a hepatitis researcher from Australia's Kirby Ins

Is hepatitis C virus micro-elimination feasible among prison populations? Let’s look at the world’s first prison to eliminate hepatitis C!

Prisoners and former prisoners are much more likely to have hepatitis C than the general public; if they didn’t have HCV when they went in, they are likely to contract it there. However, the upside is that prisons are a GREAT place to treat (cure) HCV! To meet the World Health Organization (WHO)’s goal of eliminating HCV by 2030, individual countries and smaller groups are formulating plans to “micro-eliminate” HCV within their own small group.  It would

Updated and New Materials from HepCBC

Recently HepCBC updated some of its pamphlets and added some new materials, all of which can be easily downloaded from our site and which you can print out or order from us.  To order bulk materials, use the contact form at http://hepcbc.ca/contact-us/ New Materials: Click on the images below to download the pdfs   Prison Colouring Book HBV Pamphlet Updated Materials: HCV in Prisons   HCV and Boomers

New: HepCBC Prison Outreach

NEW PRISONER HEPATITIS OUTREACH MATERIALS AND SERVICES ANNOUNCED TODAY! Philip Wilkin, Chair of HepCBC’s Prison Outreach Committee, is very pleased to announce today the launch of a new pamphlet, a toll-free phone “Hotline” for prisoners, and a new Hepatitis Prison Outreach webpage. The pamphlet, “Hepatitis C: Breaking Down the Bars between Prison Health and Public Health,” will be widely distributed to prisoners and their allies over the coming weeks. It