November 19, 2012
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Below are some important mid-month updates from the HCV and HBV Websites:

1.To Treat or Not to Treat? Brochure

Baby boomers

Be sure to download and print out this important piece of information. The To Treat or Not to Treat? Brochure and other educational materials can be downloaded here.

2. 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

  • Understanding HCV

  • Pocket Guide

  • Pruritus (Itching)

  • Extrahepatic Manifestations of Hepatitis C

  • Understanding HCV

  • Understanding Lab Tests

  • Alcohol and the Liver

among others.

3. Foreign Language Factsheets: New and Updated!

Russian: including

 and more

Spanish  includes:

4. AALSD Coverage

HCV —read about the many studies that were presented at AASLD about new therapies. Some studies resulted in 100% cure rates.

HBV —includes new treatments, improving patient care, treating children and teens and many more interesting studies.


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

Nail salons should be regulated to help prevent the spread of infections: report
November 19

Researcher hunts for hepatitis C cure
November 19

Ontario doctors question long wait for hepatitis C drug Incivek
November 19

FDA approves new indication for PROMACTA® (eltrombopag)
November 19

Many Physicians who Treat HCV Have Begun 'Warehousing' and Preparing HCV Patients for the Next Generation of Interferon-Free Treatments to Become Available, According to a Recent BioTrends Report
November 18

Dynavax Falls After Vaccine Fails to Win Panel Backing
November 16

Heroin use linked to hepatitis C increase
November 18

November 18

Hepatitis C Treatment's Side Effects Can Now Be Studied in the Lab
November 16

Inovio Therapeutic Hepatitis B Vaccine Killer T Cells Demonstrate Potential to Clear HBV in Liver
November 15

Hep C Protease Inhibitor Incivek Is Safe, Effective for HIV Coinfection
November 15

Interferon-free hepatitis C treatment safe, proves effective in up to 63% of patients with cirrhosis
November 15

Sofosbuvir demonstrates high response rate in interferon-free combination with ribavirin and GS-5555
November 15

Promising HCV Combo May Not See Light of Day
November 15

More coinfected patients receiving treatment for acute HCV
November 15

Peginterferon lambda-1a decreases viral load more quickly, safely than alfa-2a in HCV patients
November 15

INCIVEK™ (telaprevir) Now Funded in Alberta and New Brunswick for People with Hepatitis C
November 15

 and much, much more…..




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

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