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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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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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Advocates Urge Consideration of Hepatitis C Treatment for Active Injection Drug Users

Advocates with the Treatment Action group (TAG) have successfully urged hepatology experts to change hepatitis C management guidelines to eliminate a recommendation that substance users should be abstinent from drugs or alcohol for 6 months before they are eligible for treatment.

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