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INHSU 2016: Risk of Reinfection Is a Concern After Successful Hepatitis C Treatment

People on opiate agonist substitution therapy can be successfully treated with grazoprevir/elbasvir (Zepatier) -- achieving cure rates similar to those of the population as a whole -- but some people are reinfected with hepatitis C virus after being cured, suggesting that a greater emphasis on post-treatment prevention may be needed, according to presentations at the 5th International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users (INHSU 2016) this month in Oslo.

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INHSU 2016: HCV Treatment Effective and May Work as Prevention for People Who Inject Drugs

Hepatitis C treatment for people who inject drugs is as safe and effective as it is for non-drug-users -- with cure rates exceeding 90% -- and treating enough of this population could reduce transmission or even bring a halt to local epidemics, according to presentations at the 5th International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users (INHSU 2016) last week in Oslo.

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INHSU 2016: Scaling Up Treatment in Prisons Could Help Halt Hepatitis C Epidemics

A substantial proportion of people with hepatitis C cycle through the criminal justice system, making prisons one of the most important settings for hepatitis C virus (HCV) prevention, testing, and treatment. Scaling up treatment could therefore play a major role in driving down HCV prevalence and curbing hepatitis C epidemics worldwide, according to studies presented at the 5th International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users (INHSU 2016) this week in Oslo.

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