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Hepatitis C

A Cure For Hepatitis C: Bringing Medication Within Reach For All

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 08.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

This new class of HCV drugs, which are much easier on the human body and virtually free of side effects, attacks the virus directly and can reduce the viral load to zero when taken correctly.

Expanding Access To Hepatitis C Treatment To All Who Need It

Doug Wirth | Posted 07.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Doug Wirth

A cure exists for HCV. We can't let cost barriers to accessing life-saving medication impose a death sentence. The time is now to expand access to all who need it.

A Comprehensive And Fair Solution To The Price Of Medicines

Marie-Paule Kieny | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics
Marie-Paule Kieny

After a long dry spell, the pharmaceutical research industry has brought to market a spate of innovative treatments that can extend life and often have fewer side effects than older treatments. But these medicines are not affordable to most of the people who need them.

Denying Medicaid Patients Access to Hep C Treatments is Wrong and Illegal

Elizabeth G. Taylor | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
Elizabeth G. Taylor

Drug companies must be held accountable to ensure that treatment is truly accessible to those who need it most. Making a cure available to all is not only the right thing to do, it is necessary to comply with the law, and to prevent the spread of Hepatitis C.

Hepatitis C and Zika Virus

Lucinda Porter | Posted 06.06.2016 | Healthy Living
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 ...

Hepatitis C Is Killing Americans in Record Numbers While Patients Cannot Access Life Saving Medicine

David Rein | Posted 05.19.2016 | Healthy Living
David Rein

With greater attention to hepatitis C diagnosis and treatment we hopefully can turn the tide of preventable hepatitis C deaths.

Hepatitis Awareness Without Action Equals Death

Lucinda Porter | Posted 05.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Lucinda Porter

We need Congress to do the right thing and provide funding for services for prevention and treatment of viral hepatitis. We need a national viral hepatitis surveillance system. And what we need most is to eliminate viral hepatitis so we won't ever lose anyone else to these two diseases.

3 Powerful Ways to Kick Stigma to the Curb

Toni Feldstein | Posted 04.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Toni Feldstein

Stigma has complicated effects both on our psyche and on our path to wellness. It can even keep us from seeking medical help and intensify the feelings of loneliness and isolation we're already experiencing.

5 Steps To Deal With A Chronic Illness

Toni Feldstein | Posted 03.24.2017 | Healthy Living
Toni Feldstein

If you are facing any life-threatening or chronic illness that robs you of living full out, here are five steps which will shift you out of despair and allow you to embrace life amidst your challenging circumstances:

The Big Trust Factor: How African Americans Can Help Find Better Treatment For Hep C

LaTroya Hester | Posted 03.19.2017 | Black Voices
LaTroya Hester

We don't trust the news. We don't trust the "system". And then there's that cousin on our daddy's side who we love, but just don't trust. In this same vein, when it comes to scientists, researchers and even our own doctors, we say, "I just don't trust 'em."

The Ties That Bind

Val Bias | Posted 03.09.2017 | Impact
Val Bias

One morning in 1988, I heard a loud noise coming from the bathroom. The door was blocked, so I pushed my way in to find my beautiful wife, Katie, lyin...

Landmark Decision Opens First Needle Exchange in Conservative Orange County

Kyle Barbour | Posted 02.12.2017 | Impact
Kyle Barbour

Last Thursday, the California Department of Public Health approved the first ever needle exchange in Orange County. Orange County has long opposed needle exchanges, despite decades of evidence demonstrating that these programs save lives and prevent the spread of infectious disease.

Congress Lifts the Ban on Federal Funding for Syringe Exchange Programs

Tessie Castillo | Posted 01.20.2017 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

Last month Congressional Republicans rallied behind an effort to lift a decades-old ban against federal funding for syringe exchange programs.

Kentucky Q&A on Syringe Exchange Programs

Tessie Castillo | Posted 01.04.2017 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

In early 2015 Kentucky shocked the nation by becoming the first Southern state to officially legalize syringe exchange programs. Since then the news has covered the successful roll-out of a couple different syringe exchange programs through local health departments, but has also reported some backlash coming from the legislature.

The True Hepatitis C Prevalence in the United States: It's Higher Than What's Usually Reported

Lucinda Porter | Posted 11.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Lucinda Porter

It's discouraging to realize that there are many more people with hepatitis C than we thought, but solutions are better found when they are based on facts rather than fiction. Now that we know the truth, we can roll up our sleeves and figure out how we are going to stamp out this preventable and curable disease.

Pamela Anderson Says Ex Tommy Lee Is Also Free Of Hepatitis C

The Huffington Post | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 11.23.2015 | Entertainment

Earlier this month, Pamela Anderson revealed to the world that she is "cured" of Hepatitis C. Now, she's revealed that her ex, Tommy Lee, is also free...

Why We Should Be Willing to Pay for Hepatitis C Treatment @huffpostblog

Fasiha Kanwal, MD, MSHS | Posted 11.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Fasiha Kanwal, MD, MSHS

We have an opportunity to eliminate hepatitis C by taking appropriate and timely steps. We as a society should be willing to pay for the current HCV therapies -- for all patients -- by providing additional resources and giving the attention to hepatitis C that it deserves now. If we can do this, hepatitis C may be a nonissue by 2035.

This Is Why Hepatitis C Drugs Are So Expensive

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.20.2016 | Healthy Living

Earlier this week, actress Pamela Anderson announced that she's been cured of hepatitis C. She shared the news in a joyful (and racy) Instagram post t...

Pamela Anderson Shares Nude Photo To Celebrate Being Free Of Hepatitis C

The Huffington Post | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 11.09.2015 | Entertainment

Pamela Anderson is officially free of Hepatitis C. The 48-year-old celebrated the good news in typical Pam Anderson fashion by posting a nude photo o...

This Little-Known Sex Practice Is A Growing Public Health Threat

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 11.03.2015 | Healthy Living

Mainstream awareness about "chemsex,” a little-discussed public health issue in the gay community, is on the rise. Programs like BBC Radio 4’s Jul...

The Dark Side of Letting Insurance Payers Dictate Hepatitis C Treatment

Lucinda Porter | Posted 10.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Lucinda Porter

Here's what it comes down to for me: How many people have to die or be injured before medical decisions will be returned to licensed medical providers? When are we going to let doctors write the prescriptions rather than insurance payers?

Harm Reduction Is Essential to Combat the Addiction Epidemic

Kyle Barbour | Posted 10.22.2016 | Impact
Kyle Barbour

The good news is that for decades, both injection drug users and doctors have been advocating for harm reduction, a rational and proven way to reduce infections. The idea is simple: lower the risks associated with using drugs.

How Much Did Medicaid Programs Spend on Sovaldi in 2014?

Joshua Liao | Posted 09.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Joshua Liao

It is important to remember that Daraprim is not the first or only drug in recent years to cause concern among physicians, policymakers, patients and the public.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Hepatitis C

Lucinda Porter | Posted 09.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Lucinda Porter

How many more people have to be infected or die from hep C before we speak up? Or, do we have to wait until we restrict medical coverage for all diseases, and perhaps lose a few toes before we protest.

I Need a Hero: Reducing Viral Loads Without Superpowers

Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. | Posted 08.18.2016 | 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...