Although several HCV drugs can cure almost all infections regardless of viral genotype, picking the right drug will depend on each patient's medical history, level of liver damage, and coinfections.
Montreal scientists found that 88% of cannabis users had an undetectable viral load. This suggests that a very large majority of cannabis users did not have problems adhering to antiretroviral therapy.
A series of studies aim to determine whether test-and-treat strategies can be implemented for people with hepatitis C, much like programs for people living with HIV.
An in-depth update on what we know about HCV risk, symptoms, screening, outcomes, and treatment (including financial barriers).
A new study puts numbers to increasingly divergent trends in liver-related deaths vs. injection-related deaths in recent years, highlighting both the success of modern HCV treatment and the devastating effects of the opioid crisis.
The 548-person U.S. study found that chronic hepatitis C infection occurred among an identical number of people who received the experimental vaccine compared to people who received a placebo.
Two models, one from Washington State and another from Los Angeles County, can be duplicated elsewhere to get people into care, experts say.
"Providing HCV treatment alone while neglecting to concurrently address the social determinants of health will do little to improve the health outcomes of the majority of individuals with chronic HCV," the study authors wrote.
The data also reveals an estimated 2.3 million people living with HCV infection in the U.S. between 2013 and 2016, with a high burden in the West and in some Appalachian states.
Prior studies have indicated that hepatitis C direct-acting antivirals reduce the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma, but this is the first large prospective study to compare outcomes among treated and untreated patients.
Several new HIV/HCV coinfection resources for the HIV workforce were recently released by partners of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Here's the department's quick roundup.