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Water and Filters Used for Drug Injection May Transmit Hepatitis C Virus

Water, containers, and material used to mix and filter heroin -- not just syringes -- can harbor hepatitis C virus (HCV) and contribute to transmission among injection drug users, according to a study published in the November 5, 2012, advance edition of the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

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HIV+ People Who Get Hepatitis C May Experience Rapid Liver Disease Progression

People with HIV, especially those with advanced immune suppression, who become coinfected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) may experience rapid progression to decompensated cirrhosis and liver-related death, Mt. Sinai researchers reported in the December 21, 2012, advance edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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HIV11: Sexually Transmitted HCV Rising among HIV+ Gay Men in Europe, but More Are Getting Treated

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection rates continue to rise among HIV positive people in Europe, with the highest incidence among injection drug users and men who have sex with men, researchers reported at the 11th International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection last month in Glasgow. Another study, however, found that HIV/HCV coinfected people are now more likely to receive hepatitis C treatment.

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Hepatitis C Sexual Transmission Is Rare among Monogamous Heterosexual Couples

Transmission of hepatitis C virus (HCV) between long-term, monogamous, heterosexual partners can potentially occur, but appears to be very uncommon, according to a study of 500 couples described in the November 23, 2012, advance online edition of Hepatology. Furthermore, the analysis failed to find a link between HCV transmission and any specific sexual activities.

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U.S. Agencies Recommend Blunt Suture Needles to Reduce Risk of Viral Hepatitis and HIV

In late May, U.S. agencies concerned with worker health and safety issued a joint advisory recommending that healthcare personnel should use blunt-tip suture needles as an alternative to standard suture needles for stitching muscle and connective tissue, in order to decrease the risk of needle-stick injuries that could transmit blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.alt

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