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Professional Tattooing and Piercing Not Linked to Hepatitis C Risk

While amateur tattoos and other body modifications done in prison or other non-professional settings can carry an increased risk of acquiring hepatitis C virus (HCV), there is no evidence of increased transmission risk for tattoos or piercings done in professional studios, according to a meta-analysis described in the April 15, 2012 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases.alt

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Scientists Find Antibodies that Neutralize Multiple Strains of Hepatitis C Virus

As described in a report published in the April 4, 2012, online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Erick Giang and Mansun Law from the Scripps Research Institute and colleagues have identified a set of antibodies with activity against 5 different antigenic regions on the E1E2 complex of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) outer envelope.alt

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Experimental Hepatitis C Vaccine Triggers T-Cell Responses in Early Clinical Trial

An investigational adenovirus-based hepatitis C virus (HCV) vaccine induced sustained T-cell responses and cytokine production in a small Phase 1 study of healthy volunteers, according to findings reported in the January 4, 2012, issue of Science Translational Medicine.alt

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Canadian Researchers Make Progress in Quest for Hepatitis C Vaccine

Researchers at the University of Albert say they have discovered a new vaccine candidate that stimulates immune response against all genotypes of hepatitis C virus (HCV). The variability of the virus enables it to elude the immune system and has so far hampered efforts to develop an effective vaccine.alt

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AASLD 2011: Epidemic of Sexually Transmitted HCV among HIV+ Gay Men in Amsterdam Levels Off

The epidemic of apparently sexually transmitted hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among HIV positive men who have sex with men (MSM) in Amsterdam appears to have stabilized since 2008-2009, but monitoring and prevention efforts are still needed, according to data presented at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Liver Meeting (AASLD 2011) last week in San Francisco.alt

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