In April, coinciding with the International Liver Congress in Barcelona, the World Health Organization (WHO) released an update to its Guidelines for the Screening, Care and Treatment of Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C Infection. The guidelines promote the transition to newer, more effective direct-acting antiviral (DAA) medications that have the potential to cure most people living with hepatitis C. Also during the meeting the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) announced it would update its hepatitis C treatment guidelines at a special conference in September.
May has been designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month in the U.S., an opportunity to raise awareness about viral hepatitis and to encourage testing and treatment. May 19 is the fifth annual observance of Hepatitis Testing Day, reminding health care providers and the public that more than half of the estimated 4-5 millionpeople living with chronic hepatitis B or C in the U.S. do not know they are infected.
HIVandHepatitis.com coverage of the 2016 European Association for the Study of the Liver International Liver Congress (EASL 2016) in Barcelona, April 13-17, 2016.
Conference highlights include interferon-free hepatitis C treatment for people with advanced disease, experimental HCV therapy, new treatment for hepatitis B, and management of liver disease complications.
The Transgender Law Center (TLC) released in March the first report of findings from its Positively Trans survey, which aims to learn more about the lives and experiences of transgender people living with HIV.TLC, working with a national advisory board of trans community leaders and with support from the Elton John AIDS Foundation, launched the survey in response to the structural inequities that drive the high rate of HIV/AIDS and poor health outcomes among trans people.