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Hepatitis C

A Ray of Hope for the Holidays and Beyond

Nancy Davis | Posted 12.15.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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.

To End America's Hepatitis C Epidemic, Bring It Out of the Shadows

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

Just 25 years ago, scientists identified the previously unknown virus that has since killed hundreds of thousands of Americans. It now threatens the health of millions more.

Expensive New Hepatitis C Drug Raises Alarms

Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.27.2014 | Fifty
Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D.

This is a joint blog post by Leigh Purvis and Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D. Hepatitis C is a serious liver disease that results from infection with the hep...

Lydia O'Connor

San Francisco Crack Pipe Exchange Program Plans Expansion

HuffingtonPost.com | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco’s brazen crack pipe exchange isn’t going anywhere, its organizers say, even if the city won’t condone -- let alon...

Treating Prisoners Could Eradicate Deadly Disease

Posted 05.19.2014 | Crime

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Man Spits Blood In Officer's Face, Says 'I Have Hep C': Cops

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 04.22.2014 | Crime

An Indiana man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly spit blood into the mouth and face of a police officer and told the officer he had Hepati...

Walking Through Hell

Edie Weinstein | Posted 06.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Edie Weinstein

The first time I heard the 12 step concept that "Religion is for people who fear Hell, Spirituality is for people who have been there," it resonated ...

Updated Viral Hepatitis Action Plan Released

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard K. Koh

Today we are pleased to release an updated version of the nation's first comprehensive cross-governmental action plan to combat chronic viral hepatiti...

We Have Consensus Houston!

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Michel D. Kazatchkine

One of the unreported key events in the mainstream media at the recently concluded 57th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna was the coming together of scientists from all over the world.

Standing Strong Together: A Community Conversation on HIV and HCV

Matthew Rose | Posted 04.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Rose

The overlapping nature of these diseases, and the path they take through communities, make it necessary for us to begin to draw these conversations together.

Hepatitis C Doesn't Affect All Latinos Equally, Study Shows

Fox News Latino | Posted 01.25.2014 | Latino Voices

A new study shows that within the U.S. Latino community, some are much more likely to be infected than others with the virus that causes Hepatitis C. ...

Raising Hope for Those Living With Hepatitis C

Rebecca Haag | Posted 02.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Rebecca Haag

Early diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C is critical to ending the epidemic. With sofosbuvir and simeprevir, combined with evidenced-based behavioral health interventions such as needle exchange and peer support we can -- and will -- save lives.

Addict Hospital Worker Stole Drugs, Infected Dozens With Hepatitis C

AP | HOLLY RAMER | Posted 12.03.2013 | Crime

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A traveling medical technician who stole painkillers and infected dozens of patients in multiple states with hepatitis C throug...

FDA Reviews 2 Promising New Drugs For Hepatitis C

AP | MATTHEW PERRONE | Posted 12.22.2013 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — An experimental hepatitis C drug from Johnson & Johnson appears to be slightly more effective at eliminating th...

The Changing Nature of the Eastern European and Central Asian HIV Epidemic

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Michel D. Kazatchkine

It is vital that we remain positive, even in the face of daunting challenges. This means recognizing progress where it is happening, having faith in the wonderful people of the region, and remaining confident that, if they do what needs to be done, their fight against AIDS can ultimately be won.

Hepatitis C Treatment in Ukraine: A Victory For Patients

Andriy Klepikov | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Andriy Klepikov

Price is a game changer. Just look at the effects caused by the advent of low-cost airlines. Flying has never been cheaper and people who could not afford boarding a plane can now travel to places they had only dreamed of.