Children Exposed To Hepatitis C May Be Missing Out On Treatment

Several times a month, Jessica Wen, a pediatrician specializing in liver diseases, has a teenager show up at her clinic at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with an unexpected diagnosis: hepatitis C. Hepatitis C virus, or HCV, is the most common bloodborne infection in the U.S. and a leading cause of liver failure and cancer. Injection drug use is a common risk factor, as is receiving a blood transfusion before 1992. But some of the teens Wen sees p

Advocates push need for hepatitis C screening

At first, Steve Pollard felt like he just had a touch of the flu. Today, seven years and two liver transplants later, the Ottawa man is a vocal advocate for the need for hepatitis C screening. “If you don’t get tested, you don’t know your status. They can’t fix you,” said Pollard, 48. Pollard was living “a decent life” in 2009 when he first fell ill — a family man who drank little and didn’t have the “high-risk lifestyle” often associated with the diseas

Testing finds thousands of patients with hepatitis C in one Alabama emergency room

Doctors in the emergency department at UAB Hospital have identified 2,436 patients with the liver disease hepatitis C since they began widespread testing in 2013, including an alarming number of young injection drug users. Hepatitis C is a viral liver disease that is usually spread by contact with the blood of an infected person. The virus attacks the liver and can cause inflammation, scarring and cancer. Some patients with untreated hepatitis C could req