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INTERVIEW: Baby Boomers and dangers of hepatitis C

An Audio Information Network interview with Liver Health Connection’s executive director, Nancy Steinfurth, about baby boomers and hepatitis C.

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Hepatitis C Infection Could Mean Heart Trouble

New article via John Hopkins Medicine

“People infected with the hepatitis C virus are at risk for liver damage, but the results of a new Johns Hopkins study now show the infection may also spell heart trouble…We have strong reason to believe that infection with hepatitis C fuels cardiovascular disease, independent of HIV and sets the stage for subsequent cardiovascular trouble,” says study principal investigator Eric Seaberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “We believe our findings are relevant to anyone infected with hepatitis C regardless of HIV status.”

Want to read more?  Click the link-

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/hepatitis_c_infection_may_fuel_heart_risk

May 19th is National Hepatitis Testing Day!

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FREE Hepatitis C testing across Colorado in honor of National Hepatitis Testing Day!

More than 4 million Americans have been infected with Hepatitis C.  More than 75% were born between 1945 and 1965.  Half don’t realize they were exposed because they haven’t been tested.

Help us change that – if you’ve never been tested for Hepatitis C before, take charge of your health on National Hepatitis Testing Day!  Testing will be available at 15 locations around Colorado on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015.  No appointments required.  Just walk in, get tested with a quick fingerstick, and get your results in 20 minutes!

Hep C Connection and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are teaming up with nine other organizations to offer this free service, including Colorado’s regional AIDS service organizations and local county health departments.

Want to locate a testing site near you for May 19th?  Refer to the chart below:

City Location / Testing Organization Address Timeframe
Boulder Boulder County AIDS Project 2118 14th St 10AM – 5PM
Boulder Boulder County Public Health 3482 Broadway 8AM – 4PM
Denver Webb Municipal Building / Hep C Connection 201 W Colfax Ave 9AM – 3PM
Denver Scales’ Pharmacy / Hey Denver 1999 Pennsylvania St 3PM – 8PM
Denver Avella Specialty Pharmacy / Denver Colorado AIDS Project 1245 E Colfax Ave, Suite 102 10AM – 3PM
Denver Tri-County Health Department North Broadway Office 7000 N Broadway,

Suite 400

9AM – 12PM
Fort Collins Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope / Northern Colorado AIDS Project 242 Conifer St 8:30AM – 11:30AM
Grand Junction Grand Valley Catholic Outreach / Western Colorado AIDS Project 245 S 1st St 8AM – 11AM
Grand Junction Western Colorado AIDS Project 805 Main St 11AM – 5PM
Longmont Boulder County Public Health 529 Coffman St, #200 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Northglenn Tri-County Health Department Northglenn Office 10190 Bannock St, Suite 100 3PM – 5:30 PM
Pueblo Senior Resource Development Authority / Hep C Connection & Southern Colorado AIDS Project 230 N Union Ave 1PM – 5PM
Pueblo Pueblo City-County Health Department 101 W 9th St 1PM – 4PM

 

Testing will also be offered at the Aurora Central Library (14949 E Alameda Parkway) on the previous day (May 18th) by Tri-County Health Department from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

PrEP Users’ Sexually Acquired Hep C Suggests Need for Routine Testing

Evidence of sexual acquisition of hepatitis C virus (HCV) among men who have sex with men (MSM) receiving pre-exposure prophylaxis through a San Francisco clinic has prompted a call for routine monitoring for the virus among PrEP users. In a letter to the editor in Clinical Infectious Diseases, clinicians from Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center describe new cases of hep C among two men out of 485 HIV-negative MSM receiving PrEP at the clinic between February 2011 and December 2014.

Read the full report from AIDSMeds.com.  

Take a Hep C selfie…our blogger did!

Becoming part of this growing movement is simple: take a photo of yourself, forming a C with your hand and share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #selfieHepatiteC. Over 2.5 million #selfieHepatiteC photos have already been posted to help fight stigma and encourage people to get tested. From patients and their families to the general public and celebrities, the movement that started in Brazil now needs your support to become a global campaign!

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Door-to-door campaign linked hepatitis C patients to care

Working on the streets in medically underserved Philadelphia neighborhoods, members of the Do One Thing program have been able to identify residents chronically infected with hepatitis C and help them overcome the hurdles that prevent people from being cured, according to a new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.  Read on….

This post was shared from Caring Ambassadors, Inc.

Pregnant Women With Hep C Have 6% Chance of Passing the Virus to Their Babies

(reposted from AIDSmeds.com)

Pregnant women with hepatitis C virus (HCV) have an estimated 5.8 percent risk of transmitting the virus to their unborn child, a risk that more than doubles if they are coinfected with HIV. Publishing their findings in Clinical Infectious Diseases, researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 109 studies to make their estimates about the risk of mother-to-child transmission (MTCT).

The mother’s 5.8 percent chance of transmitting the virus to her baby rises to 10.8 percent if she is HIV-positive. HIV itself raises the risk 2.56-fold, more so than any other determinant of risk.

The scientists stated that more research is needed into other ways that children who are at risk of MTCT may be put at risk for contracting hep C during early childhood.

To read the study, click here.

Baby Boomers! Know More Hepatitis!

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have just released the next phase of the national Know More Hepatitis campaign.  Of the estimated 3.2 million Americans who have Hepatitis C, 3 in 4 are people born from 1945 to 1965.  Since as many as 50% of people with Hepatitis C don’t know they are infected, the campaign encourages everyone born from 1945-1965 to get tested for the virus.

The campaign is being implemeneted using a variety of multimedia channels: print, radio, and TV PSAs, as well as airport dioramas, billboards, and transit advertisements.  CDC also developed materials to support educational efforts at the local level, including posters, fact sheets, infographics, and more.

You can view the new Know More Hepatitis PSA on YouTube and an infographic from the campaign below.

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Local television report on Hepatitis C in Mesa County, Colorado

Mesa County is a region in Colorado that is adversely affected by hepatitis C.  Western Colorado AIDS Project reports that, of the many state-funded HCV testing sites, theirs exhibits an extremely high positivity rate for the virus.  While the advent of new and better treatments for hepatitis C has demonstrated cure rates in the 90th percentile, many individuals without health insurance or on Medicaid still don’t qualify based on criteria that looks at history of illicit drug use and disease progression as primary factors.

For the full story and a video report on Mesa County and Western Colorado AIDS Project’s work in the communities there, click here.