Week Ending April 18, 2022

Accessible, Nonstigmatizing Care Clinic Had Better Hepatitis C Outcomes
“Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that can cause chronic illness and fatal liver damage. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that over 14000 people died of hepatitis C in 2019, and as many as 2.5 million people are estimated to be living with the hepatitis C virus (HCV).”

Hepatitis C Is Widespread but Rarely Treated in Postpartum Medicaid Beneficiaries With OUD
“Nearly one-third of pregnant Medicaid beneficiaries who have opioid use disorder (OUD) and are screened for hepatitis C test positive for the virus, according to results of a study led by investigators from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health.”

Provider education, point-of-care antibody testing benefit patients with HCV
“A range of interventions improved testing, linkage to care and treatment initiation in patients with hepatitis C, according to a study published in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology.”

Should Medical Staff Still Be Tracked to Protect Patients Against Hepatitis C?
“New Hampshire lawmakers are pondering whether to continue keeping a registry that tracks medical technicians, reports The Associated Press. A 2014 law established the registry after a traveling lab technician at Exeter Hospital caused an outbreak of hepatitis C virus, infecting 32 people in New Hampshire, seven in Maryland, six in Kansas and one in Pennsylvania.”