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Studies Shed Light on Hepatitis C Virus Sexual Transmission among Gay Men

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission among HIV positive gay men has leveled off in Amsterdam -- one of the first cities with an outbreak of apparently sexually transmitted HCV infection -- and it continues to be rare among HIV negative men who have sex with men, according to recent studies. Other research looked at HCV sexual transmission among HIV positive and negative men in Switzerland, and at the association between HCV viral load in blood and semen.

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DDW 2014: Some Negative Predictive Factors Do Not Impair Response to Faldaprevir

Some factors traditionally associated with poorer response to interferon-based therapy for hepatitis C played little role in clinical trials of the HCV protease inhibitor faldaprevir, according to several studies presented at Digestive Disease Week this month in Chicago. HCV subtype 1a and prior treatment did not significantly worsen response, while HIV/HCV coinfection may be associated with better response.

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CROI 2014 & EASL 2014: Treating Hepatitis B and C in HIV+ People Reduces Liver Disease

Effective antiviral treatment that suppresses hepatitis B virus (HBV) repliaction or eradicates hepatitis C virus (HCV) can lower the risk of developing advanced liver disease including cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and decompensation in people with HIV and viral hepatitis coinfection, according to studies presented at the recent Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) and EASL International Liver Congress.

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DDW 2014: Sustained Response to Interferon Is Durable in Children with Hepatitis C

Children with hepatitis C treated with interferon-based therapy continued to show undetectable HCV viral load up to 7 years after achieving sustained virological response in the PEDS-C trial, researchers reported at Digestive Disease Week this month in Chicago.

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May 19 is National Hepatitis Testing Day

May 19 is the third annual National Hepatitis Testing Day, an opportunity to raise awareness among healthcare providers and the public about screening for hepatitis B and C. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among the approximately 3 million people with hepatitis C in the U.S., an estimated 75% do not know they are infected.

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DDW 2014: AbbVie Interferon-free Regimen Cures More than 90% of Hepatitis C Patients

AbbVie's all-oral "3D" regimen containing ABT-450, ombitasvir, and dasabuvir, used with or without ribavirin, led to sustained virological response in 90% to 100% of genotype 1a and 1b hepatitis C patients in the Phase 3 PEARL trials, according to data reported at the Digestive Disease Week (DDW 2014) meeting last week in Chicago and in the May 4 online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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DDW 2014: New Hepatitis C Treatments Highlighted at Digestive Disease Week

Direct-acting antiviral agents for hepatitis C were a key theme of Digestive Disease Week 2014, taking place this week in Chicago. While the conference covers all aspects of gastroenterology and hepatology, new treatments that can cure more than 90% of chronic hepatitis C patients with few side effects in as little as 8 to 12 weeks are bringing about a revolution in the field.

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Janssen Seeks Approval of Simeprevir + Sofosbuvir for HCV Genotype 1

Janssen Research & Development has submitted a supplemental New Drug Application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting approval of its HCV protease inhibitor simeprevir (Olysio) for use with Gilead Sciences' HCV polymerase inhibitor sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) for certain treatment-naive and previously treated genotype 1 hepatitis C patients.

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DDW 2014: Drinking More Coffee Is Associated with Less Liver Fibrosis

People with hepatitis C who drink more cups of coffee per day may have a lower likelihood of developing advanced liver fibrosis or cirrhosis -- but only if it contains caffeine, and tea does not appear to have a similar effect, according to a study presented at the Digestive Disease Week (DDW 2014) meeting this week in Chicago.

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