The Week in Review: March 2 – March 9, 2018

Friday, March 9, 2018 News Recap: Canada: Northern Vancouver Island VIRAL HEPATITIS Outreach Roadshow Trip 2018 – March 12 – 21, 2018. We are happy to announce that a 10-day roadtrip to northern Vancouver Island is just around the corner! We will be bringing hot-off-the-press posters, pamphlets, and audio-visual resources to community organizations and Friendship Centres, band health centres, and health clinics. See links to some of the resources we...

Lack of hep C treatment for N.S. inmates missed opportunity in disease control: advocates

Health-care practitioners say the lack of treatment options for provincial inmates with hepatitis C is creating inequities in health care and missing an opportunity to control the spread of the disease. Treatment for non-incarcerated Nova Scotians is publicly available. Dr. Lisa Barrett is an infectious disease doctor who sees inmates with HIV and hepatitis C at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth, N.S. She said when she sees

The Week in Review: August 18 – August 25, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017 News Recap: Public health issues Hep B risk warning: Tools used in procedures such as callus scraping and cutting toenails could become contaminated with the virus and remain contaminated because of the sterilization practices followed. Public health authorities in Owen Sound have identified a local foot care clinic as a potential source of hepatitis B and are warning patients – other than orthotics patients – to consult a doc...

Treating HCV in Incarcerated Populations Key to Disease Elimination

Infection rates range from 9.6% to 41.1% Hepatitis C virus (HCV) rates in America's prisons and jails are high, largely because this is where many people with high-risk behaviors such as injection drug use end up. But in order to help reach the World Health Organization goal of elimination of HCV, this population needs more screening and treatment – not only to help people with the infection, but also to reduce the risk of transmission. It's not a stra

The Week in Review: April 28, 2017 – May 5, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017 News Recap Canada Great news from Nova Scotia: Expanded access to and coverage for treatment of chronic hepatitis C is now available under the provincial Pharmacare plan, similar to the new arrangements in BC, Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec.  The drugs covered are: Epclusa, Daklinza, Sunvepra, Zepatier, Harvoni and Sovaldi. You can read the Nova Scotia Pharmacare Formulary Updates here (Nova Scotia Lists EPCLUSA™ on P...

Lotus Glen is Australia’s first hepatitis C-free prison

LOTUS Glen Correctional Centre has become the first prison in Australia to be free of hepatitis C. The Tablelands based jail recently passed the milestone after introducing new medications to treat the infectious blood borne virus, which only became available early last year. Hepatitis C attacks the liver, causing its inflammation, and can lead to cirrhosis, end-stage liver disease, and liver cancer. In Australia, the sharing of drug injecti...

Hepatitis C prevention, control efforts should focus on incarcerated individuals

People who have spent time in correctional facilities have higher risk factors for hepatitis CTORONTO, Dec. 17, 2015 - More than one in nine people with hepatitis C in Canada spend time in a correctional facility each year and researchers said this presents a unique opportunity to focus hepatitis C prevention and control efforts in incarcerated populations.People who have spent time in correctional facilities have higher risk factors for hepatitis C, inclu