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Congress Lifts the Ban on Federal Funding for Syringe Exchange Programs

Tessie Castillo | Posted 01.20.2016 | 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 01.04.2016 | 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 11.24.2015 | 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

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

Fasiha Kanwal, MD, MSHS | Posted 11.20.2015 | 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.

Medicare Spending On Breakthrough Hep C Cure To Nearly Double

AP | Anna Almendrala | Posted 11.16.2015 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare spending on breakthrough medications for hepatitis C will nearly double this year, passing $9 billion, according to ...

This Is Why Hepatitis C Drugs Are So Expensive

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 11.12.2015 | 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

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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&rs...

The Dark Side of Letting Insurance Payers Dictate Hepatitis C Treatment

Lucinda Porter | Posted 10.28.2015 | 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 10.22.2015 | 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 09.24.2015 | 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 09.17.2015 | 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 08.18.2015 | 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 11.30.2015 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

View image | Just weeks ago no Southern state had ever legalized syringe exchange. Not only that, but most of the Bible belt looked y...