March 21, 2013
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We are pleased to announce the introduction of our new online text reading service: Browsealoud. Right now it is enabled for our Medical Glossary and our Factsheet and Guide Page. When you click on the Browsealoud logo, a control panel will open up on the right side of your browser which you can use to stop, start or pause the reader. All you need to do is place your mouse at the beginning of the text you wish to be read to you and click. The text will be highlighted and the reader will start. That's it. We are in the process of checking all the links and fact sheets so if you come across a problem please let us know.



1. Financial Requirements for SSDI—2013

Read about why SSDI is unlike Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Under SSI, if you are disabled or age 65 or older, you are eligible once you show that your assets and income are low enough to qualify. Under SSDI you need to have paid into Social Security through F.I.C.A. payroll taxes.


2. HCSP Guides: New and Updated!

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

3. Easy Hepatitis C Facts Fact Sheets: Updated!

Be sure to check out our recently updated Easy C Facts:

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

among others.


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. 


5. Be sure to check out our updated schedule for HCV Trainings. To find out what's coming to your neighborhood click here.


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

Top News

Statins tied to lowered liver cancer risk with hepatitis C
March 21

Report highlights weaknesses in case of health worker who exposed thousands to hepatitis C
March 21

Hepatitis C Legislative Awareness Day In Albany
March 21

Data lacking on impact of psychosocial, behavioral factors on HCV treatment response
March 21

HCV Treatment in Special Populations
March 19

Sex between monogamous heterosexuals rarely source of hepatitis C infection
March 19

Newly incarcerated have 1 percent acute hepatitis C prevalence
March 19

Roche's Pegasys receives EU approval for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C in children five years of age and older
March 18

BioLineRx to Initiate HCV Study
March 16

Patients with HCV who failed prior therapy benefited from vaniprevir/peginterferon/ribavirin
March 16

Even moderate drinking may be risky with hepatitis C
March 15

Device keeps liver "alive" outside body in medical first
March 15

FAQ: The link between hepatitis C and liver cancer
March 15



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

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