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Dramatic rise in U.S. opioid deaths as epidemic spreads to eastern states

Long believed to be concentrated among Appalachian states and parts of the Midwest, Alexander's research shows that the crisis has spread. Eastern states have seen a sharp rise in opioid deaths – with Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire and Ohio among the states with the highest rise in opioid-related deaths.

13 March 2019
Medical Xpress
Needle and syringe programs cost-effectively prevent hepatitis C transmission

Providing clean injecting equipment through needle and syringe programs is a highly cost-effective way of preventing hepatitis C (HCV) transmission among people who inject drugs and could save millions of pounds in infection treatment costs in the UK, according to research led by the University of Bristol and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

24 January 2019
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Hep C Infection May Be on the Rise Among Men Using PrEP

The incidence of sexually acquired hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections appears to be rising among men who have sex with men (MSM) and use pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV, U.S. researchers report.

09 January 2019
Medscape (requires free registration)
'I gave birth, and got Hepatitis C'

When Jackie Britton was given a blood transfusion after childbirth, she thought it was saving her life. But the infected blood could have killed her. There are thought to be thousands like her. They often feel overlooked in the wider NHS contaminated blood scandal.

21 September 2018
BBC News
Hepatitis C vaccine could dramatically reduce transmission in people who inject drugs

Among the most serious consequences of the opioid epidemic is the spread of hepatitis C among injecting drug users. A study published in Science Translational Medicine shows that if a hepatitis C vaccine were successfully developed, it would dramatically reduce transmission of hepatitis C among drug users -- even though it's unlikely such a vaccine would provide complete immunity.

12 July 2018
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Another Adverse Effect of the Opioid Epidemic: Hepatitis C Infections

Amid the ongoing opioid epidemic, hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection should be at the forefront of health care providers’ minds. Although HCV has been widely viewed as predominantly affecting baby boomers—those born between 1945 and 1965—a younger generation is experiencing increased incidence of infection.

20 June 2018
Contagion Live
Hep C: Have men who have sex with men (MSM) reached a turning point?

As men who have sex with men (MSM) are treated for their Hep C, a treatment as prevention approach becomes possible. Once a patient has cleared their Hep C, they cannot pass it on.

05 May 2018
Gay Times
As opioid crisis grows, babies and moms with hepatitis C fly under the radar

A growing number of infants are born exposed to hepatitis C, but fewer than a third are later screened to monitor and treat the potentially fatal virus, according to a recent study based out of a hospital in Pittsburgh that experts say highlights a trend unfolding across the country.

02 May 2018
PBS NewsHour
Transmitting HIV Is a Crime in Most States. Is HCV Next?

In a surprising twist, some states are now broadening the scope of criminalization laws to include viral hepatitis and other infections, leaving some physicians dismayed and advocates deeply divided on the best path toward reform.

23 April 2018
MedPage Today
What’s Hepatitis C Reinfection Got to Do With It?

Ending the epidemic is going to require addressing the fact that certain individuals are at high risk of reinfection - in other words, when someone cured of the virus contracts it again. Reinfection is particularly likely to occur among individuals who are currently engaging in the kind of high-risk practices that spread the virus.

03 April 2018
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.

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