The Week in Review: January 12 – January 19, 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018 News Recap: Research & Discoveries: Blood test for early detection of 8 cancers looks promising. Scientists have developed a blood test that can detect eight common cancer types through assessment of the levels of circulating proteins and mutations in cell-free DNA. The test, called CancerSEEK, clinically detected cancers of the ovary, liver, stomach, pancreas, esophagus, colorectum, lung, or breast. CancerSEEK tests wer...

Men who have sex with men urged to get tested for hepatitis A after another outbreak

Why exactly should people in Europe and the US get tested? Since the Europe-wide outbreak began in June 2016, 3,813 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed, and the European Centre of Disease Control is urging people to get tested. “As of December 18 2017, the monthly number of laboratory-confirmed cases remain significantly higher than in previous years,” the ECDC told The Express. “Although decreasing in its intensity, the outbreak is still ongoi

Brief: HCV spread from HIV-positive to HIV-negative men who have sex with men

Brief: The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential transmission of HCV strains between HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) and HIV-negative MSM.  Chronological analysis of contagiousness suggested the transmission of HCV from HIV-positive to HIV-negative patients. We conclude that recommendations for HCV surveillance should not be confined to HIV-positive MSM but should be extended to HIV-negative MSM with similar risk factors. PLoS One

The Week in Review: October 6 – October 13, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017 News Recap: Research & Discoveries After an intense hunt, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) can now describe an important part of the disease's guerrilla tactics: how hepatitis C converts innocent cells into outright virus factories.  How hepatitis C hides in the body. Apparently, liver cancer can be caught at an early stage through a newly developed blood test, improving the odd...

Rapid fibrosis progression in large proportion of HIV-positive gay men after acute HCV

Over a third of HIV-positive gay men develop significant liver fibrosis after an episode of acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, German investigators report in the Journal of Viral Hepatitis. Over three years of follow-up, 39% of individuals developed fibrosis stage F2 or higher. Risk factors included older age, alcoholism and non-response to therapy based on interferon during acute infection. Highly effective HCV therapy using direct-acting antiviral

The Week in Review: Feb 3, 2017 – Feb 10, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017 News Recap Liver Cancer In the news this week was a story about why Toronto, Canada, is a liver cancer hotspot. More than a thousand deaths from liver cancer every year in Ontario — and most of these occur in the Greater Toronto Area. The reasons: Hepatitis B & C in the immigrant populations, and the lack of screening of Baby Boomers in Canada.  This is terrible, especially considering that the survival rate from liver ...

Rates of Hepatitis C Coinfection in Patients With HIV

A new analysis suggests there’s a need for frequent testing after the hepatitis C virus (HCV) has been cleared. Data from 3 European countries and the United Kingdom indicate a rise in reinfection of acute HCV among men with HIV who have sex with men (MSM). Moderate cure rates of acute HCV have been reported in the last decade among MSM and also are infected with HIV. However, many who either clear the infection spontaneously or through treatment are la...

HCV reinfection common in MSM with HIV

In a retrospective study, researchers found that hepatitis C virus reinfection is common among HIV-positive men who have sex with men after successful treatment and spontaneous clearance. “A subsequent high incidence of HCV reinfection has been reported regionally in men who both clear the infection spontaneously or who respond to treatment. … An accurate description of the HCV epidemic including a concise observation of reinfections in specific populatio

Could hepatitis C treatments help prevent virus transmission?

University of Bristol An international team of researchers has shed light on the potential impact of new drugs for hepatitis C virus (HCV). HCV is an important cause of liver cancer and is transmitted through blood to blood contact. People who inject drugs (PWID) and men who have sex with men (MSM), who are also infected with HIV, are key risk groups for HCV infection in UK. New HCV treatments are highly effective, with cure rates often better t...

Men (including MSM)

The prevalence of hepatitis C in men is higher than that in women, most probably because men are more likely to have been exposed to more risk factors than women.  Men who have sex with men (MSM) are at higher risk than the general population. Check out this fact sheet from the HCV Advocate! Click to Download PDF