"Like it or not, if we are ever going to eliminate hepatitis C, we are going to have to test and treat prisoners," Alan Franciscus writes.
New York Study Finds Almost Half of HIV-Positive Gay Men Co-Infected With Hepatitis C Have Detectable Levels of Hepatitis C Virus in Their Rectal Fluid
Researchers have found levels of hepatitis C virus in the rectal fluid of HIV-positive MSM co-infected with hepatitis C that are high enough for hepatitis C transmission to occur through condomless anal sex.
Paul Sax, M.D., asks, "Think about it -- has there ever been a more spectacularly rapid improvement in treatment of anything?"
A combination of glecaprevir and pibrentasvir (Mavyret), has been approved for hepatitis C treatment, for any genotype, with a treatment duration of only eight weeks -- four weeks less than most other current regimens.
There are several emerging treatments for hepatitis C virus. Here is a brief guide to some drugs and the classes to which they belong.
"Last month, the Cochrane Review published a controversial paper on HCV therapy that left many ID doctors and hepatologists perplexed," writes Paul Sax, M.D.
Researchers in San Diego, Calif., said that having both "mental health and substance diagnoses" was not a barrier to successful HCV treatment.
For homeless people who may be reluctant to engage with hospital-based services, researchers in Brighton, England established a liver monitoring and care service located in the community that focused on people 40 years and older.
Researchers conducted a study to assess the impact of direct-acting antivirals on issues such as mood and factors affected by mood, such as physical activity and fatigue.
Researchers found that people who were cured of hepatitis C virus underwent "significant improvement" in blood sugar levels and in many cases participants' doctors were able to reduce the dose of medicines used to help control blood sugar.