The Week in Review: March 9 – March 16, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018 News Recap: Canada: Treatment: Fantastic news from both BC and Quebec this last week:  All restrictions to treatment under the respective provincial PharmaCare plans have been removed!! See Chronic hepatitis C medication now available for all British Columbians, and Quebec Expands Patient Access to Chronic Hepatitis C Therapies. Grants Awarded to 13 Canadian Initiatives to Help Advance the Goal of Eliminating Chronic Hep...

Is Hepatitis C Treatment Safe? by Lucinda Porter, RN

This is a must read article from Lucinda Porter, RN and the HCV Advocate. My first article for the HCV Advocate appeared 20 years ago. Hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) wasn’t curable yet.  HCV is now easily curable and one would think the problem is solved, but it isn’t. Numerous obstacles stand in the way of eliminating this disease. A large percentage of the population is still undiagnosed because of inadequate HCV screening. Access to health care is u

Hepatitis C and President Trump – by Lucinda K. Porter, RN

For 20 years, I’ve been advocating for people living with hepatitis C. I was diagnosed with hep C (formerly known as non-A, non-B hepatitis) in the early days of George H.W. Bush’s presidency. Clinton was president during my first treatment; George W. Bush resided during my second treatment. Obama held the office when I was cured. In those years, hepatitis C never attracted much attention. Obama did more than other presidents did, but I am compari...

Hepatitis C and Zika Virus, by Lucinda Porter

Hepatitis C and Zika virus have something in common: both belong to the virus family Flaviviridae. (Zika belongs to the genus Flavivirus; hepatitis C belongs to the genus hepacivirus). Yellow fever virus is also a member of the Flaviviridae family and yellow is the link here. Flavus means yellow in Latin, and Yellow fever was named because of its tendency to cause jaundice in people. New hepatitis C antiviral drugs may unlock the door to treatment for ...

Lucinda Porter honored for hep C education

Lucinda Porter of Grass Valley was one of 19 honorees at the Stars of Advocacy Fundraising Gala hosted by the California Chronic Care Coalition. The Gala highlighted the work of legislators and volunteers who have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of those living with chronic conditions through outreach and education. Porter is a registered nurse and patient devoted to education and advocacy for those affected by hepatitis C. Author of Free from