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IAS 2013: Many People Need Hepatitis B Treatment in the Gambia

About 8% of people tested through a community-based screening program in the Gambia have hepatitis B, and about 8% of these have advanced liver disease and meet European criteria for antiviral therapy, according to a report presented at the 7th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2013) this month in Kuala Lumpur.

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DDW 2013: Does HBV Suppression Prevent Liver Disease Progression?

Chronic hepatitis B patients with cirrhosis may still experience liver disease progression even if they undergo antiviral treatment and achieve good virological response, according to a poster presented at the Digestive Disease Week meeting (DDW 2013) last month in Orlando.

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Coverage of Digestive Disease Week 2013

HIVandHepatitis.com coverage of the 2013 Digestive Disease Week annual meeting (DDW 2013) in Orlando, Florida, May 18-21, 2013.

Conference highlights include direct-acting hepatitis C drugs, new strategies for using approved HCV protease inhibitors and interferon/ribavirin, and interferon-free regimens.

Full listing by topic

HIVandHepatitis.com DDW 2013 conference section

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DDW 2013: Tenofovir and Entecavir Effectively Suppress Hepatitis B Virus

The newer antivirals tenofovir (Viread) and entecavir (Baraclude) inhibit hepatitis B virus (HBV) replication more effectively than older agents, but good adherence is needed to maintain long-term viral suppression, according to a set of studies presented at the Digestive Disease Week meeting (DDW 2013) last month in Orlando.

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EASL 2013: Do Asian Patients Respond Better to Pegylated Interferon for Hepatitis B?

Some Asian people with chronic hepatitis B treated with pegylated interferon may experience better outcomes on certain measures than Caucasians, though overall response rates are similar, according to a comparative analysis presented at the EASL International Liver Congress(EASL 2013) last month in Amsterdam. The study also showed that early hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) decline is a predictor of treatment response in some patients.

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