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Hepatitis C

I Need a Hero: Reducing Viral Loads Without Superpowers

Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. | Posted 08.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr.

I didn't read comic books as a child. It seemed all they had to offer was a lot of aggression, which was scary to me back then. I was wrong, of course...

Heroin Abuse Is Also Fueling This Viral Epidemic

AP | Anna Almendrala | Posted 08.07.2015 | Healthy Living

MACHIAS, Maine (AP) -- Public health agencies and drug treatment centers nationwide are scrambling to battle an explosive increase in cases of hepati...

The Cure for Gilead

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 08.03.2015 | Business
Jeffrey Sachs

Gilead has the cure for Hepatitis C (HCV) known as Sofosbuvir, which is taken alone or in combination with other drugs. Now we need a cure for Gilead. The lives of 5 million HCV-infected Americans and an estimated 160 million HCV-infected people worldwide are at stake.

7 Numbers That Show The Fight Against Hepatitis Is Far From Over

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day, a sorely-needed awareness campaign for diseases that affect more than 400 million people alive today. In the U.S., mo...

Raising Awareness And Encouraging Testing On World Hepatitis Day

Lucinda Porter | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Lucinda Porter

The global hepatitis community is coming together for the 6th annual World Hepatitis Day on Tuesday July 28th. This year's campaign is called 4000 Voices, referring to the fact that 4000 people die every day due to hepatitis B and C.

Gilead's Greed That Kills

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 07.27.2015 | Business
Jeffrey Sachs

Gilead Sciences is an American pharmaceutical company driven by unquenchable greed. The company is causing hundreds of thousands of Americans with Hepatitis C to suffer unnecessarily and many of them to die as the result of its monopolistic practices, while public health programs face bankruptcy.

It's Time Florida Starts Saving Lives

Gary Stein | Posted 07.13.2015 | Miami
Gary Stein

Florida, due to its lack of action on the matter, has 30 years of data and success rates around the country and around the world to verify that Needle-exchange programs work as they take yet another year to make a decision to start one.

Two Current Fronts of the American Health Care Wars: Hepatitis C and Cancer

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

It's clear that health care in the U.S. remains in a state of crisis. Millions of people still don't have health insurance, and pressures remain great to repeal reforms that have extended even bare-bones insurance benefits to the uninsured and underserved.

Appalachian States Debate Needle Exchange Programs As Hepatitis C Catastrophe Looms

AP | CLAIRE GALOFARO | Posted 06.04.2015 | Healthy Living

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — Patton Couch shook his head and clenched his teeth, recounting the night four years ago when he plucked a dirty needle from a pil...

Does 'Quality' Of Your Life Determine The Quality Of Your Care?

Bob Tufts | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Bob Tufts

Those with HIV deserve access to care. Those who are addicts deserve access to care. Those who are incarcerated deserve access to care. There should be no subtle or veiled attempt to place a social value on the lives of powerless individuals requiring chronic care.

Hepatitis C -- The Long Goodbye

Jennifer Connolly | Posted 05.13.2015 | Women
Jennifer Connolly

The long goodbye is often used to describe the drawn out fading of a person's mind, who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. But for my mom, it was because of Hepatitis C.

Kentucky Snags Title of First Southern State to Legalize Syringe Exchange

Tessie Castillo | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

Just weeks ago no Southern state had ever legalized syringe exchange. Not only that, but most of the Bible belt looked years or even decades away fr...

Medical Myths Are Killing Us

Ace Robinson | Posted 05.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Ace Robinson

In the past few months, I -- and many of my colleagues in the field of Public Health -- have been absolutely horrified by the seemingly growing number of preventable illnesses in this country.

The Drug That Is Bankrupting America

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 04.18.2015 | Business
Jeffrey Sachs

America is the land of breakthrough science -- and health care scams. There is no question that Solvadi is a lifesaver for millions of Americans infected by Hepatitis C. Yet Solvadi is also the poster child of a U.S. health care system that is being bankrupted by greed, lobbying and indefensible policies on drug pricing.

Resolved For 2015: No More Hepatitis C

Ryan Clary | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Ryan Clary

I'll spell out the vows that I believe all the key stakeholders in the fight against hepatitis C should follow in the year ahead.

A Ray of Hope for the Holidays and Beyond

Nancy Davis | Posted 02.13.2015 | Impact
Nancy Davis

Folks constantly tell me I'm a fighter or battling so bravely the diseases I have incurred along the way. I have never ever considered this a fight or battle. I don't comprehend doing battle with an intangible situation, yet a very painful one.

Stigma and Big Pharma: Why Are States Denying People Who Use Illicit Drugs or Alcohol Life-saving Medical Treatment?

Julie Netherland | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Julie Netherland

Imagine learning that your terminal illness could be cured only to be told that you were going to denied access to the medication that could save you. This is precisely the situation facing thousands of people living with the hepatitis C virus (HCV).

Pill Injectors at Higher Risk for Hepatitis C Than Heroin Injectors

Tessie Castillo | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

This month the American Journal of Public Health published an article with surprising new findings: People who inject prescription opioid analgesics (...

Postcard From New York: Taking Control of Drug Policy

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact
Michel D. Kazatchkine

We who work in the field have known and railed against this unfair scenario for many years but what is different now are the incremental changes we are seeing in government attitudes that I believe are partly being driven by a growing change in attitude in the general community.

The Big Business of Hepatitis C and HIV

Tyler Curry | Posted 09.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

Thursday was panning out to be a seemingly ordinary day in the goings on of the International AIDS Conference when the shouts of a group of protesters began rumbling throughout the halls. It would appear that, with signs reading "Gilead Kills," these protestors were up in arms over the pharmaceutical company that holds the overwhelming majority of HIV medications.

Join World Hepatitis Day at the White House -- July 30: A Call to Action for Public Health Leadership

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 09.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard K. Koh

We've come a long way in laying the foundation to address this deadly disease. As I complete my tenure as ASH, I am moved by the public health legacy around viral hepatitis that has developed during my time in office.

Why Hepatitis C Still Kills 16,000 Americans Per Year, and What We Can Do About It

Ryan Clary | Posted 09.27.2014 | Impact
Ryan Clary

A landmark public-health achievement -- stopping suffering and death from end-stage liver disease and liver cancer, while reducing and even eliminating new infections -- is well within our grasp. But we must commit to this plan and work fast.

World Hepatitis Day Is an Opportunity to Stop This Silent Killer, Once and For All

Hande Harmanci | Posted 09.27.2014 | Impact
Hande Harmanci

I was stunned when I learned that hepatitis kills 1.4 million people every year, making it one of the world's top-10 killers along with ischemic heart disease, HIV/AIDS and lung cancer.

Mobilizing to Reduce Hepatitis C in the Black Community: July 25 Is National African American Hepatitis C Action Day

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 09.21.2014 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Hepatitis C infection is a major public health concern for people of all races. To help increase Hepatitis C awareness, testing and access to treatment for individuals infected with the virus, we recognize National African American Hepatitis C Action Day (NAAHCAD) on Friday, July 25.

From the Front Line Against HIV: Time to End the Federal Syringe Ban

Christine Rodriguez | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Christine Rodriguez

The ban on federal funds for syringe services programs (SSPs) wrests control from injection drug users -- an abject failure of government to support evidence-based public health, and a rejection of the domestic and global goal of an AIDS-free generation.