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Coffee & HCV

Posted on March 6, 2014 by in Hep Talk, LifeGuide

Coffee Talk Two studies shed light on HCV prevention & treatment by Larry Buhl A study on the long-term infectiousness of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) has implications for healthcare workers, IV drug users, and tattoo artists, while another study shows the benefits of coffee and tea on liver inflammation in chronic hepatitis C patients. [...]

HCV Serosorting

Posted on January 24, 2014 by in Hep Talk, LifeGuide

Testing, Testing Serosorting is common for IV drug users who know their HCV status by Larry Buhl A new study shows IV drug users who know they carry the hepatitis C virus are likely to consider their serostatus when deciding whether and with whom to share injection equipment. The results, published in the December 15, [...]

Direct-Acting Antivirals & HCV

Posted on December 31, 2013 by in Hep Talk, LifeGuide

Hep Talk by Larry Buhl Two Agents New direct-acting antivirals cross a major hurdle                       The Antiviral Drugs Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October gave unanimous recommendations for approval of two next-generation direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) for hepatitis C, Janssen’s [...]

Hep C & Adult Films

Posted on October 30, 2013 by in Hep Talk, LifeGuide

Hep Talk by Larry Buhl Hep X Does the porn industry have a hepatitis problem? Actors who work for legitimate adult entertainment producers, who are mostly based in Los Angeles, now have to submit to monthly tests for hepatitis B and C as well as for Trichomoniasis vaginalis, a sexually transmitted infection of the urogenital [...]

HCV Data Sharing

Posted on September 20, 2013 by in Hep Talk, LifeGuide

Hep Talk by Larry Buhl Three Steps New hep C data sharing may lead to more testing Last year the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made a big stir in the medical community when it issued its recommendation that everyone in the Baby Boomer cohort be tested for hepatitis C, whether or [...]

Hep C & the War on Drugs

Posted on July 12, 2013 by in Hep Talk, LifeGuide

Hep Talk by Larry Buhl The War on Common Sense A new report advocates decriminalizing drug use to reduce Hep C The so-called “war on drugs” is creating an epidemic of hepatitis C. That’s the finding of a new report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which finds that drug war policies have caused [...]

Man to Man

Posted on May 29, 2013 by in Hep Talk, LifeGuide

Hep Talk by Larry Buhl For MSMs: treatment hope for HCV—and a warning There’s more evidence of the effectiveness of new antiretroviral drugs in treating the hepatitis C virus (HCV). This time it’s a study, presented at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2013) in March in Atlanta, that showed adding telaprevir [...]

Blocking the Entrance

Posted on February 24, 2012 by in Hep Talk, LifeGuide

Entry inhibitors usher in a new phase of hep C research by Larry Buhl Future therapy for hepatitis C infection may include a variety of drugs working together to target the virus at multiple stages of its life cycle, according to a research team at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, which [...]

Taking a Toll

Posted on February 4, 2012 by in Hep Talk, LifeGuide

LifeGuide [Hep Talk] Hep C is surpassing HIV as a deadlier disease by Larry Buhl There was a new milestone reached last month when a new study suggested that the number of deaths from chronic hepatitis C now exceed those from HIV-related illnesses. The study was released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and [...]

Red Flags

Posted on December 9, 2011 by in Hep Talk, LifeGuide, Noteworthy

LifeGuide [Hep Talk] African Americans face medical barriers to HCV treatment by Larry Buhl In the U.S. blacks are disproportionately infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV), and are less likely to receive treatment for HCV than whites. Treatment barriers go beyond affordability and lack of access to care. A new study shows that, significantly, [...]