Week Ending June 21, 2021

Improved Liver Function Following Eradication of Hepatitis C Virus Among Patients With Cirrhosis
“Liver function improved following eradication of hepatitis C virus (HCV) among a majority of patients with cirrhosis, according to a team of Italian investigators. Findings from their multicenter cohort study of 1350 patients were published in BMC Infections Diseases.”

Know More Hepatitis
“CDC recommends testing all adult and pregnant patients for hepatitis C. Read the 2020 CDC hepatitis testing guidelines.”

NASCAR Legend Will Rodgers and OraSure Race to End Hepatitis C
“Race car icon Will Rodgers and OraSure Technologies have teamed up to raise awareness of hepatitis C, a virus that causes inflammation of the liver and can lead to serious and lifelong health issues. Notably, attendees will have the opportunity to get tested for hep C trackside at educational events held during races. OraSure will provide the tests, which are free and show results in 20 minutes.”

People With Both HIV and Detectable Hepatitis B Are at Higher Risk for Liver Cancer
“Individuals who are coinfected with both hepatitis B virus (HBV) and HIV are at greater risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma. But findings published in Hepatology show that antiretroviral therapy active against hepatitis B would considerably reduce the risk of liver cancer.”

Sofosbuvir-Based Therapies Achieved Satisfactory Virological Response in Chinese Individuals with Genotypes 3 and 6 Infections: A Real-World Experience
“Previous studies have shown that sofosbuvir-based regimens yield high sustained virological response rates in patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection except for genotype 3b complicated with cirrhosis. This real-world study aims to explore the efficacy and safety of sofosbuvir-based regimens in Chinese patients with genotypes 3 and 6 infections, especially the impact of ribavirin coadministration on sustained virological response in cirrhotic patients with genotype 3b infection.”

Hepatitis C Testing, Treatment Fell in the Early Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic
“Positive diagnostic tests and drug prescriptions dropped 40% in July 2020 compared with earlier years.”

Dr. Charlton on the Interaction Between Liver Disease and HCC