August 15, 2013
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The staff of HCSP/HCV Advocate have been working all summer to make sure that we keep our communities up to date with the latest information about HCV, HBV, HIV and HIV/HCV Coinfection. We have added new fact sheets and much more information for our readers to share in the communities in which they provide education and support.




1. HIV Booklet

HIV Booklet, by Liz Highleyman—a nationally recognized authority on HIV and viral hepatitis. This comprehensive and easy to understand Guide will provide information about HIV transmission/prevention, testing and treatment.

Click here


2. New: HIV Basics Series Fact Sheets, by Alan Franciscus

Last month we launched new fact sheets on HIV/HCV coinfection; but to really understand coinfection it is important to understand both HCV and HIV. These fact sheets provide simple basic information about HIV that will help people connect the dots on issues related to coinfection.

Diagnostic Tests

PDF Antibody Tests
PDF CD4 Cells
PDF Viral Load Test

Transmission & Prevention

PDF Overview of HIV Prevention


3. New: HCSP Series Fact Sheet

HCV-Related Complications

PDF HCV and Diabetes: What You Need to Know, by Alan Franciscus. Type 2 diabetes information—from the staggering statistics to causes, prevention and treatment, and the link between HCV and diabetes—is explored.


4. We have recently updated our Top Ten documents that were viewed on the HCV and HBV Advocate Websites – find out what others are reading regarding viral hepatitis.

HBV among the top ten are:

  • How to Interpret Hepatitis B Antibody & Viral Tests
  • What Is HBV DNA and How Is It Measured?
  • Hepatitis Basics: Hepatitis B Antigen and Antibody Tests
  • and for those newly diagnosed—HBV: Testing Positive for Hepatitis B, Now What?

HCV HCV's top ten include English and Spanish Fact Sheets and Guides:

  • Treatment Side Effect Management
  • Hepatitis and Disability
  • August 2013 edition of the HCV Advocate newsletter
  • Pocket Guide
  • First Steps with HCV — for the Newly Diagnosed

among others.



5. Clinical Trials Postings: Updated—August 12
Be sure to check out the latest clinical trial postings at the HCV Advocate News & Pipeline Blog. Just click on the links to the Drug Companies at the top and to see which drugs are in trials right now, where the trials are, and how to register for one.



Don’t forget that there is help as close as a phone call – the 877-HELP-4-HEP line (877-435-7443) is available 9:00am to 7:00pm Eastern Time.  For more information about the services they offer either call or visit their Website at  The helpline is run by The Support Partnership:  a group of non-profits working together to help people affected by hepatitis C. 


6. Top News (Blog) from the HCV Advocate News & Pipeline Blog includes: 

 and much, much more…..




Alan Franciscus
Executive Director, Hepatitis C Support Project
Editor-in-Chief, HCV Advocate
Editor-in-Chief, HBV Advocate

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