One-Step Hepatitis C Testing Now in BC!

HepCBC is celebrating One-Step Hep C Testing in BC! Those tested in BC will no longer have to await results of the screening (HCV antibody) test, then take a confirmatory (RNA) test, with several weeks from the first test to the final results. Congratulations, BCCDC and PHSA!! Besides enabling patients quicker access to lifesaving treatment, this will also save BC an estimated $1 million per year!

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: /Presentation/ddb6c1af017b4d1cafd49b7815af4bb41d Dr. Sofia Bartlett, a hepatitis researcher from Australia's Kirby Ins

The Week in Review: June 8 – June 15, 2018

Friday, June 15, 2018 News Recap: Canada: Canada is facing a tsunami of liver disease and cancer: U of T expert – The Conversation with U of T's Dr. Morris Sherman. Deaths from liver cancer in Canada have doubled over the past 25 years. And to make matters worse, there’s an epidemic of liver cancer on the horizon if action isn’t taken soon. While less people are dying from most major cancers – such as breast cancer and lung cancer – liver cancer (...

BC Centre for Disease Control Responds to Recent Findings on Hep C

A report from the Canadian Association for the Study of Liver says 250,000 Canadians within a certain age group are likely to have Hepatitis C. Dr. Mel Krajden is the Medical Head of Hepatitis C for the BC Centre for Disease Control. “People born after 1945 to 1975, most of the people who are infected with Hepatitis C between two thirds to three-quarters of the people who are infected are within that age group.” The question on everybody’s minds is

The Week in Review: July 28 – August 4, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017 Treatment: This last week saw the approval in the U.S. of AbbVie’s Mavyret, a pangenotypic also indicated as recuperation therapy for those with GT1 who have failed treatment with DAAs. U.S.: FDA approves Mavyret for Hepatitis C As well, the FDA has approved updated labeling for Epclusa to include use in patients co-infected with HIV. U.S. FDA Approves Expanded Labeling for Epclusa® (Sofosbuvir/Velpatasvir) for the Treatmen...

Modeling Estimates for HCV Related Disease Projections in British Columbia

In support of July 28th being World Hepatitis Day we would like to share with you British Columbia (BC) hepatitis C virus (HCV) disease burden estimates. We have been working with Centre for Disease Analysis to adapt their HCV disease burden model for BC. The model uses a system dynamic framework and projects out the number of infections, decompensated cirrhosis, liver cancers, overall and liver related mortality over time. The model is using input pa

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

Friday, March 10, 2017 News Recap Seven Big Events in Six Days! A whirlwind of activity in three far-flung cities for HepCBC: 2 events in Vancouver, 3 in Banff, and 2 in Prince George!! March 1st – We had a busy info booth at Langara College's Nursing Dept. Health Fair, one in which challenges of the current opioid epidemic were featured. March 2nd – Our Vice President and Action Hepatitis Canada Steering Committee Representative, Delvin Gri...

March 6th BCCDC presentation in Prince George, BC

By Cheryl Reitz The March 6th BCCDC presentation in Prince George was a long-awaited experience for HepCBC! Several of us had been very interested when the BC Centre for Disease Control presented its research into the hepatitis C Cascade of Care in BC. Using their agency's huge database, researchers showed that of the 73,320 British Columbians who contracted or were diagnosed with hepatitis C in the 20 years between 1992 and 2012, approximately 25% ...

BC Centre for Disease Control releases massive report on Hepatitis C

The BC Centre for Disease Control presented a new study on hepatitis C Monday – photo 250News The BC Centre for Disease Control’s new report on Hepatitis C was compiled from data on more than 1 million people collected between 1992 and 2012. About 73,000 British Columbians have Hepatitis C and 18,000 have yet to be diagnosed. Somewhat surprisingly, the report found “no differences” between Hepatitis C care in rural and remote communities in the p...

The Week in Review: Feb 24, 2017 – March 3, 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017 News Recap Top of the news is an upcoming conference/webinar to be held in Prince George that will examine the question:  “Does care for hepatitis C in rural/remote areas differ from that in urban parts of our province, and if so, how?”  On March 6th (11 am – noon), researchers from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) will try to answer these questions. Núria Chapinal, PhD, an epidemiologist in BCCDC’s Clinical Prevention ...