June 19, 2013
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Just a short mid-month update but with some very important items.



HBV Advocate Blog

1. We are pleased to announce the launch of the HBV Advocate Blog. This blog will focus exclusively on HBV and HBV coinfections. There will be quite a few original articles by Christine M. Kukka, the HBV Advocate Project Manager, as well. Check it out, and don't forget to join this blog and post comments.

2. How Do I Leave Work on Disability—2013 by Jacques Chambers, CLU —Learning the process of leaving work is a good step, which will make the actual decision easier if and when it happens. There is a lot that can be done now, even if leaving work is not in the near future. This article contains a summary of the entire process.


3. 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
  • June 2013 edition of the HCV Advocate newsletter
  • Pocket Guide
  • First Steps with HCV — for the Newly Diagnosed

among others.


4. Clinical Trials Postings: Updated—June 17!
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 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. 


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

Top News

Folsom Man Files Suit after Contracting Hepatitis from Berries
June 19

A Public Health And Healthcare Spending Time Bomb: Hepatitis C
June 19

Investigational Device Prolongs Survival Of Livers for Transplantation
June 18

A killer with a silent step
June 17

Hep C test bill clears Assembly
June 17

Clarifying hepatitis C data
June 17

Hyaluronic acid levels can predict risk of serious liver events in people living with HIV and hepatitis B or C co-infection
June 17

Patients with HCV, occult HBV at greater risk for mortality, HCC, cirrhosis
June 17

Hepatology 2013: 4th Edition Available
June 17

The FDA Makes Hepatitis C a Priority
June 16

Free HIV, Hepatitis Testing for Patients of Former Tulsa Oral Surgeon to End June 28
June 15

CUHK-HCC Score Accurately Predicts Risk of Liver Cancer in Chronic Hepatitis B Patients Receiving Antiviral Therapy
June 13

CDC: 1-in-12 Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders have hepatitis B
June 13

Federal agencies warn medical schools against discriminating against applicants and students with hepatitis B
June 13



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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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