HIVandHepatitis.com coverage of the 49th European Association for the Study of the Liver's International Liver Congress (EASL 2014) in London, April 9-13, 2014.
Conference highlights include new interferon-free treatments for hepatitis C, hepatitis B and delta, and management of liver disease complications such as cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcioma.
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is known to be sexually transmitted among HIV positive men who have sex with men, but HIV negative men may be at risk as well, according to recent reports. Other recent studies have looked at awareness of HCV sexual transmission and screening practices, suggesting that improvement is needed in both areas.
People who drank more coffee -- both regular and decaffeinated -- had lower levels of liver inflammation enzymes in a large population survey, while another recent study found that coffee consumption was associated with a lower risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), a type of liver cancer.
An interim analysis of the English PROUD study data has shown that daily Truvada pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is highly protective against HIV for gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) at high risk of infection. On this basis, the PROUD Trial Steering Committee has announced that participants currently on the deferred arm of the study will be offered the opportunity to begin PrEP ahead of schedule.