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Hepatitis C Prevention and Management for People Who Inject Drugs

People who inject drugs can benefit from hepatitis C prevention efforts and antiviral treatment, but comprehensive programs may be needed to help overcome a variety of challenges, according to a special supplement of Clinical Infectious Diseases entitled "Prevention and Management of Hepatitis C Virus Infection Among People Who Inject Drugs: Moving the Agenda Forward." The International Network on Hepatitis in Substance Users is holding its biennial symposium this week in Munich.

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National Medical Association Releases Report on Hepatitis C Among African Americans

The National Medical Association, the largest medical organization representing African American physicians and their patients, has issued a new report on hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among Black Americans, emphasizing the need for increased awareness, more screening of this population, and broader inclusion of African Americans in clinical trials.

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Prenatal HBV Screening Helps Babies More than Moms

Routine screening for hepatitis B virus (HBV) during pregnancy enables most infants to be protected against infection, but underserved mothers often do not receive education about or care for their own infection, researchers reported this week at DDW 2011.

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Hepatitis C Incidence Rises among HIV+ Gay Men in Swiss Study

Sexually transmitted hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection has increased dramatically over the past 13 years among gay and bisexual men in the Swiss HIV Cohort Study, even as it remained stable among heterosexuals and decreased among injection drug users, investigators reported in the November 2012 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases.alt

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Viral Load, HIV Status, but not IL28B Predict Perinatal HCV Transmission

Women with higher HCV viral load and those coinfected with HIV were more likely to transmit HCV to their babies in a recent Spanish study. IL28B gene pattern did not affect transmission directly, but babies with the favorable CC pattern more often spontaneously cleared HCV.

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