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May 31, 2012
Curative Hep C Treatment Benefits Non-Liver Health and Survival in HIV
For people living with both HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV), not only does curative hepatitis C treatment reduce the risk of liver-related disease and death, but it also helps limit HIV disease progression and deaths not related to liver disease, according to a Spanish study published ahead of print by Clinical Infectious Diseases. 
May 30, 2012
Scientists Analyze Hep B Virus from 16th Century Korean Mummy
A unique strain of hepatitis B virus (HBV) found in the preserved organs of a mummified Korean boy sheds new light on the virus's evolution and its spread across Asia, according to a study published in Hepatology and reported by ScienceDaily.
May 29, 2012
Baby Boomers With Hep C Susceptible to Advanced Liver Disease
A new study confirms long-standing suspicions: Rates of advanced liver disease (ALD) are increasing substantially in baby boomers living with hepatitis C virus (HCV), likely because many have not been tested or treated for the disease. The sobering findings were highlighted by Martin Zalesak, MD, PhD, from Trinity Partners in Waltham, Massachusetts, and his colleagues at the Digestive Disease Week 2012 conference in San Diego and reported by Medscape.
May 21, 2012
CDC Set to Recommend One-Time Hep C Tests for All Baby Boomers
All U.S. baby boomers should get a one-time test for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, according to draft guidelines released Friday, May 18, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Electronic System Speeds Up Reporting of HIV, Other Diseases
Health departments nationwide are switching from paper-based to electronic laboratory reporting (ELR) systems, which will expedite reporting of diseases and medical conditions such as HIV and hepatitis, according to an Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) statement. 
May 18, 2012
Hep C Risk Highest for Baby Boomers, but Most Haven’t Been Tested
Almost three-quarters of those most likely to be living with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection—baby boomers, notably those born between 1945 and 1965—have never been tested or are unsure if they have been tested for hepatitis C, according to a new survey conducted by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA).
May 16, 2012
Achillion’s Hep C Med ACH-3102 Approved for Fast Track Status
ACH-3102, a hepatitis C drug under development by Achillion Pharmaceuticals, has received Fast Track status from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to an Achillion statement. ACH-3102 is currently undergoing a Phase I clinical trial.
May 14, 2012
National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day is May 15
Tuesday, May 15, marks the debut of the annual National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day. Coordinated by the Latino Commission on AIDS, this important series of events, primarily focusing on the need for increased screening and testing in Latino communities, will take place annually on May 15 and will coincide with viral hepatitis testing and educational programming during National Hepatitis Awareness month.
May 11, 2012
May 19 is National Hepatitis Testing Day
Saturday, May 19, is the first annual National Hepatitis Testing Day in the United States. This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) educational campaign--a part of the agency's 'Know More Hepatitis' initiative--is aimed at ensuring that at-risk populations learn about and get tested for chronic viral hepatitis.
May 09, 2012
Depression Is Common and Needs Managing Before and During Hep C Interferon Treatment
Monitoring people undergoing therapy for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection for depression, and taking steps to manage this common side effect of pegylated interferon-based treatment, is an essential component of care, according to a new review article published by the International Journal of Interferon, Cytokine and Mediator Research.
May 08, 2012
Risk of Liver-Related Deaths Twice as High With Chronic Hep B Versus Hep C
In a cohort of men who have sex with men, most of whom were living with HIV, those who were coinfected with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) were twice as likely to die of liver disease compared with those chronically infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), according to a new report published online ahead of print by Clinical Infectious Diseases.
May 07, 2012
Bob Barker Builds a Habitat for Chimps With HIV, Hepatitis
Former Price Is Right television host Bob Barker donated $500,000 to rescue and build a new habitat for five HIV- and hepatitis-infected chimpanzees, according to a Chimp Haven statement.
May 03, 2012
Hep B, Hep C Magnify Familial Liver Cancer Risk
People with a family history of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)—a common type of liver cancer—who are also infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) are 70 times as likely to develop liver cancer than the general population, according to a study published in Hepatology and highlighted in an accompanying news release by the journal's publisher.
May 01, 2012
Facebook to Promote Organ Donation; May Benefit People With Hep C or HIV
Social networking giant Facebook has announced a plan to encourage its 161 million U.S. members to advertise their organ donor status in their profiles, according to The New York Times. The move may avert thousands of deaths in the United States among people waiting for transplants, including people with hepatitis C virus (HCV) and/or HIV infection.

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