NZ: Thousands of Hepatitis C sufferers unaware a cure is within reach

A Hepatitis C survivor says she has been forced to do the government's work to ensure others with the potentially life-threatening virus get access to "miracle" drugs. Dunedin's Hazel Heal credits the drugs with saving her life and completely restoring her liver, but is angry the government is not informing people about the virus and treatment options. At least 50,000 Kiwis are estimated to have chronic Hepatitis C, but only half of them realise they h

The Week in Review: February 2 – February 9, 2018

Friday, February 9, 2018 News Recap: Epidemiology: CTAC Launches Campaign to End Hepatitis C in Canada. The Canadian Treatment Action Council (CTAC) has published a white paper entitled, "The time has come to eliminate hepatitis C in Canada," which summarizes the increasing gaps in Canada's response to the hepatitis C epidemic and identifies seven calls-to-action. #EASLmono: Expanding the conversation on hepatitis elimination. The recent European...

HCV hospitalizations increasing among baby boomers, men, drug users

“As the baby boomers are aging, hepatitis C is truly affecting them,” Ngo-Metzger said. “They had hepatitis C before, but now they're in this middle age group where you're seeing them hospitalized.” By demographic, other significant increases in hospitalization for HCV compared with hospitalization for other indications included men (61.5% vs. 47.9%), African-American patients (26.1% vs. 14%), Hispanic patients (10.1% vs. 7.9%), patients on Medicaid (38.1

Baby boomers often unaware they need hepatitis C screening

(Reuters Health) - Many baby boomers may be unaware they need screening for the hepatitis C virus, a small study suggests. In a survey of 81 emergency room patients born during the “baby boom” from 1945 to 1965, only 29 percent of participants knew their risk for the virus was higher than for people born in earlier or later generations, the study found. “Baby boomers are five times more likely to have hepatitis C than those groups born before or aft...

The Prevalence of Cirrhosis in Patients with Hepatitis C Is Growing

Patients with chronic hepatitis C can develop cirrhosis, a serious condition characterized by scarring of the liver – but just how many patients actually reach this point? There’s been an increase in the number of Americans with hepatitis C who also have cirrhosis, according to a study published in the Journal of Hepatology. This prevalence was analyzed both in people who knew that they had the liver infection and those who were unaware. "Among HCV-infect