The Week in Review: May 12, 2017 – May 19, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017 News Recap Canada Help4Hep – BC Helpline Now Online: Did you know that there is now a British Columbia toll-free hepatitis C peer-to-peer helpline where you can get accurate information and meaningful help that is free of charge and confidential?  Check it out now! Help4Hep – BC Helpline Now Online URGENT! Patient and Caregiver Input Request: We Need to Hear your Voice! Patient and Caregiver input is requested by CADTH on Abb...

Hepatitis C Virus Reinfection is Uncommon for Those on Opiate Substitution Therapy after Being Cured with DAAs

Most people on opiate substitution therapy were successfully treated for hepatitis C with an interferon-free regimen of grazoprevir/elbasvir (Zepatier), and only a small number became reinfected during three years of follow-up, researchers reported yesterday at the 25th International Harm Reduction Conference (HR17) in Montréal. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is easily transmitted through shared drug injection equipment. The advent of new 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...

Incidence, Risk factors and Prevention of Hepatitis C Reinfection Interview with: Naveed Zafar Janjua, MBBS, MSc, DrPH, Senior Scientist, Clinical Prevention Services BC Centre for Disease Control Clinical Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia What is the background for this study? Response: Hepatitis C is a viral infection that affects the liver. About quarter of people infected with hepatitis C clear their infection spo

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