February 20, 2013
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It may be a cold February, but the HCV Advocate writers, designers and reviewers have been hot on designing, updating and reviewing our Fact Sheets and Guides with the most current information. If you have a chance, check out our Blog – we post all the current news, abstracts (with comments), and answer questions from our audience.



1. Health Insurance Exchanges and Medicaid Under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?

If you are like most of us, the Affordable Care Act is confusing and difficult to understand. In Jacques' monthly column he breaks down new information so that we all can understand it.

2. HCSP Guides: New and Updated!

We have updated three new Guides with the most current and important information. You will note that our designer, Leslie Hoex, has come up with some really spectacular designs:

3. HCSP Fact Sheet Series Fact Sheets: Updated!

Be sure to check out our recently redesigned and updated HCSP Guides:

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
  • How to Interpret and Understand Liver Tests
  • What is HBV DNA and How Is It Measured
  • 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
  • January 2013 edition of the HCV Advocate newsletter
  • Pocket Guide
  • A Guide to Understanding HCV

among others.

5. New "Keep Our Families Healthy" HBV postcards available!


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 www.help4hep.org  The helpline is run by The Support Partnership:  a group of non-profits working together to help people affected by hepatitis C. 


6. Don't forget to check out our updated schedule for HCV Trainings. To find out what's coming to your neighborhood click here.


7. Top News (Blog) from the hepatitis blog includes: 

Top News

Durability of a sustained virological response, late clinical sequelae, and long-term changes in aspartate aminotransferase to the platelet ratio index after successful treatment with peginterferon/ribavirin for chronic hepatitis C: a prospective study—with Comments by Alan Franciscus
February 19

New Study on Hepatitis C Drug Treatment Yields More Accurate Estimate of HCV Half-Life
February 19

An Epidemiologic Update on Hepatitis C Infection in Persons Living With or at Risk of HIV Infection, with comments by Alan Franciscus
February 19

Australians gain access to new medicines to help cure hepatitis C
February 19

Gilead 's Sofosbuvir for Hepatitis C Meets Primary Endpoint in Fourth Pivotal Phase 3 Study
February 19

Fried foods have similar impact on your liver as hepatitis
February 16

Incident anemia improved response to peginterferon, ribavirin, boceprevir in HCV patients
February 16


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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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