People who inject drugs who know they are hepatitis C virus (HCV) positive are more likely to share syringes and injection equipment with others who are also infected, and less likely to do so with people who are HCV negative or unknown -- the equivalent of sexual "serosorting," according to a report in the December 15, 2013, Journal of Infectious Diseases.
An interferon-free regimen consisting of Merck's next-generation hepatitis C virus (HCV) protease inhibitor MK-5172 plus ribavirin led to high rates of viral suppression and promising early cure rates for patients with HCV subtype 1b, according to a poster presented at the 64thAASLD Liver Meeting last month in Washington, DC.
A dual oral regimen of sofosbuvir plus ribavirin taken for 24 weeks led to an early cure at 4 weeks post-treatment for difficult-to-treat patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 4, according to a poster presented at the 64th AASLD Liver Meeting last month in Washington, DC.
Chronic hepatitis B patients treated with tenofovir (Viread) for 7 years continued to main viral suppression and liver enzyme normalization, while serological response rates continued to increase, according to a poster presented at the 64th AASLD Liver Meeting last month in Washington, DC. Long-term kidney and bone-related side effects remained uncommon.