February 1, 2012
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National HCV Helpline Launched:

On February 1, 2012 a much needed national resource will be available to help people living with hepatitis C:

The new national helpline is a collaboration between five national nonprofits.  For more information visit


February HCV Advocate Newsletter:

In This Issue:

BMS Acquires Inhibitex -  Read about the high price that BMS is paying to round off their impressive HCV drug pipeline.
Alan Franciscus, Editor-in-Chief

HealthWise: Searching for Supplements—Part 1  - Lucinda discusses the research behind some of the most common supplements that are touted as improving liver health.
Lucinda K. Porter, RN

HCV Snapshots - Vaccine development, improvement in fibrosis scores, and HCV transmission through organ transplants are the featured stories in this month's HCV Snapshots.
Lucinda K. Porter, RN

New National HCV Helpline Launched - A new national HCV helpline that is being launched on Feb 1, 2012

Disability & Benefits: Getting Health Insurance After Diagnosis - Jacques discusses the various options available available for medical insurance for people with pre-existing conditions. 
Jacques Chambers, CLU


HBV Journal Review—February 1, 2012:
by Christine Kukka

In this month's review, Chris discusses the importance of testing fathers for HBV, the effectiveness of Pegasys for treating HBV, HBV doubles the risk for HIV deaths, getting hepatitis A on top of heaptitis B increases risk of liver failure and much, much more. Click here.


HIV/HCV Treatments in Current Clinical Development
The PI's to treat HCV mono-infection have greatly increased the chances of being cured, but for people with HIV/HCV the drugs are not approved and for some they are being prescribed off-label. There are other resources, however, that can help people with HIV/HCV coinfection. In the last few months there have been Phase III studies using direct acting antiviral combination therapies that are currently recruiting patients. Click here and then on the HIV / HCV Coinfection Studies link.


Updated HCSP Training Workshop Schedule
Don't miss out on one of our really popular workshops. Find out if one is coming to a location near you!! Click here to find out, and KEEP CHECKING BACK!


Updated Events Calendar
Also: Don't forget to check our Events Calendar in case there is something going on near you as well. Click here.


HBV and HCV Blog:
Read about the latest and greatest in the news





Alan Franciscus
Executive Director, Hepatitis C Support Project
Editor-in-Chief, HCV Advocate www.hcvadvocate.org
Editor-in-Chief, HBV Advocate www.hbvadvocate.org


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