Maps and Statistics about Hepatitis B and C in Canada

Who has hepatitis B and hepatitis C in Canada? In order to eliminate viral hepatitis, it is very important to know the answers to this complex question! Looking at Canada's hepatitis C statistics, the largest group of people with hepatitis C is made up of people born outside Canada, followed by former users of IV drugs, then by current users of IV drugs (PWID). Hepatitis B and C are spread through blood-to-blood contact, so IV drug use is a logical ri

FREE Seminar in HCV Elimination among Persons Who Inject Drugs (PWID)

Clinical Care Options presents three new seminars in their HCV Elimination 2018 series, each one dealing with a population particularly at risk of acquiring or passing on HCV: Persons Who Inject Drugs, [PWID] - ACCESS INFORMATION BELOW. Men Who Have Sex with Men [MSM] - SEE ACCESS INFORMATION IN SEPARATE ARTICLE, and People Who Are Incarcerated [COMING SOON] The PWID module is introduced below... CCO CME/CE-certified interactive video modu

The Week in Review: January 12 – January 19, 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018 News Recap: Research & Discoveries: Blood test for early detection of 8 cancers looks promising. Scientists have developed a blood test that can detect eight common cancer types through assessment of the levels of circulating proteins and mutations in cell-free DNA. The test, called CancerSEEK, clinically detected cancers of the ovary, liver, stomach, pancreas, esophagus, colorectum, lung, or breast. CancerSEEK tests wer...

The Week in Review: September 1 – September 8, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017 News Recap: She thought her mystery ailment was cancer, but bloodwork revealed a surprise This is an amazing story ...but it could happen to anyone, and we know this because we hear these kinds of stories often. This is why it is so important that Boomers be tested for hepatitis C. Gail Wells got really sick and nobody could figure out why. They looked for cancer, for multiple sclerosis, for vitamin deficiencies, and then s...

Sharing injection paraphernalia does not lead to HCV transmission

New findings suggest that sharing paraphernalia used to cook and prepare injection drugs does not directly lead to transmission of hepatitis C virus. According to Robert Heimer, PhD, professor of epidemiology and pharmacology at the Yale School of Public Health, and colleagues, this contrasts with past epidemiological studies that reported HCV incidence linked to sharing “cookers” and filters. Heimer said those studies were not clear on whether the result

Injection drug users at four times higher risk of Hep C than HIV: UNODC

There are about 12 million people in the world who inject drugs, of which 6.1 million have contracted Hep C while 1.6 million suffer from AIDS and 1.3 million users suffer from both diseases. Three times more people who use drugs die from Hepatitis C (222,000) than from HIV (60,000), a new United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report found. Injection drug users (IDUs) are also at four times higher risk of contracting Hepatitis C than AIDS, the repor

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

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

Breakdown of Hepatitis C Genotype Distribution Around the World

People who inject drugs (PWID) are more likely to develop hepatitis C. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) points out that the virus can survive on equipment, such as needles, for up to three weeks. However, some of the different hepatitis C genotypes are more prominent in certain areas than others. A report published in the Journal of Hepatology uncovered the distribution of hepatitis C genotypes by continent in PWID. Geert Robaeys, MD,