Welcome to the HCV Advocate

Welcome to the new HCV Advocate website.

Welcome! If you are new to our Website or the new design I hope that your experience will be a productive one. The purpose of this introduction is to acquaint you with some of the features of the website.

If you are looking for specific information, you may want to start at the Google search engine located at the right of the page (bottom of the page on mobile and tablets).

The top bar has a list of the pages:

  • Home: This will always take you back to the Home page
  • Newly Diagnosed: A printable brochure to help navigate for those newly diagnosed patients
  • Treatment: Treatment related information—fact sheet about approved medications, side effects, and more
  • Newsletter: All of our newsletters back to 2013
  • Resources: Disability Benefits, Glossaries (Medical & Herbal), Helpful links including support groups
  • Espanol: Fact Sheets in Spanish
  • HBV: A webpage dedicated to hepatitis B

I hope this information is helpful. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.

 

Alan

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HCV Advocate Eblast: August 15, 2015

Check out what we have in store for you in the August Mid-Month Newsletter

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HCV Drugs: AbbVie, BMS, Merck

by Alan Franciscus, Editor-in-Chief

In this month’s column of HCV Drugs I discuss the exciting news about the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of AbbVie’s and BMS’s HCV medications, the study results from AbbVie’s once-a-day combination to treat genotype 1b, and the acceptance by the FDA of Merck’s new drug application for grazoprevir and elbasvir and the decision date.

Disablity & Benefits: Balance Billing by Out-of-Network Providers

by Jacques Chambers, CLU

Jacques Chambers monthly column is a MUST READ for anyone who wants to avoid a big surprise on their medical bill. Read this informative article to learn how to avoid costly mistakes that could put you in DEBT.

The Five: HCV Myth Busters

by Alan Franciscus, Editor-in-Chief

The Five column this month tackles some of the most common HCV myths: HCV being a death sentence, which genotype is the worse one, if there are symptoms or not, the myth of a HCV vaccine, and more.

Snapshots

by Alan Franciscus, Editor-in-Chief

The Mid-Month Edition of Snapshots will cover three abstracts—children and HCV treatment, the problem of HCV related cirrhosis medical coding and the numbers, and the association of HCV and cardiac problems.

What’s New! HCSP Events

by Alan Franciscus, Editor-in-Chief

A sneak peak of our new website and the date it will be launched – HINT—September 1, 2105 – check it out!

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HCV Advocate Eblast: August 1, 2015

Check out what we have in store for you in the August Newsletter

A Brief Overview: Outbreaks of Acute HCV Infections in the U. S.

by Alan Franciscus, Editor-in-Chief

In this review, I will discuss the outbreaks of acute infections of hepatitis C across the United States in urban and rural centers and why the numbers are (again) under reported.

HealthWise: Hepatitis C and Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

by Lucinda K. Porter, RN

Hepatitis C increases the risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a metabolic disease that generally occurs in overweight patients. You can do something about NAFLD, and this article suggests how.

Snapshots

by Alan Franciscus, Editor-in-Chief

Read about how treatment with Harvoni improves patient-reported outcomes, how HCV works to escape the immune system and become a chronic infection, and about a new test to tell the difference between acute and chronic infection.

FDA Safety Alert

by Alan Franciscus, Editor-in-Chief

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a communication strengthening an existing warning label that non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke.

Patients First: HCV and Depression

by Alan Franciscus, Editor-in-Chief

There does seem to be a pretty strong link between HCV and Depression.  Add on to that just having a chronic disease, such as hepatitis C, the difficulty of being approved for the new medications, being a baby boomer—and it is not surprising that many people with hepatitis C are depressed.

What’s New! HCSP Events

by Alan Franciscus, Editor-in-Chief

Check out what’s coming to your neighbourhood soon!

 

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