July 15, 2013
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The entire staff at HCSP / HCV Advocate and our collaborative partners have been busy putting together information about a wide variety of issues related to HCV including HIV/HCV Coinfection, and HCV and Harm Reduction.

Just in case you missed the exciting news—the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) upgraded their original Baby Boomer one-time test recommendation from a C grade to a B grade. This means that everyone born between 1945 and 1965 should be offered a one-time HCV antibody test. When implemented the recommendations will mean that more than 800,000 with HCV can be identified, which will save thousands of lives. Icing on the cake is that we will have a much bigger advocacy voice to demand changes that should translate to more services and support for everyone living with hepatitis C.




There are a couple of new series of fact sheets that we are launching this week:

1. HCV and Harm Reduction

HCV and Harm Reduction—a new series of fact sheets authored by various HCV advocacy organizations: CHOW Project, Harm Reduction Coalition, Project Inform and HCV Advocate. The first fact sheet is titled "Overview of Harm Reduction" written by Heather Lusk, Director, CHOW Project.

Click here


2. New: HIV/HCV Coinfection Series Fact Sheets

Coinfection with HIV and HCV is a huge public health problem that affects up to 300,000 Americans. A new series of fact sheets have been posted to a new webpage that discusses a wide variety issues related to HIV/HCV coinfection. We have posted the following fact sheets, but be sure to check back because we will be posting a variety of new fact sheets on a regular basis:

General Information about HIV/HCV Coinfection
PDF Depression
PDF The Liver

Disease Progression

Immune System
PDF Antibodies
PDF HIV and Hepatitis Vaccines

PDF Sexual Transmission of Hepatitis C


3. Clinical Trials Postings: Updated—July 3
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 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. 


4. 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 www.hcvadvocate.org
Editor-in-Chief, HBV Advocate www.hbvadvocate.org

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