Week Ending July 25, 2022

Hepatitis B vs. Hepatitis C: What Are the Differences?
“A viral hepatitis infection is an inflammation of the liver, resulting in liver damage. There are different types of hepatitis viruses, including hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV), which are distinct viruses that share some similarities.”

Roche introduces new hepatitis C virus diagnostic test
“It enables early diagnosis of active HCV infection and helps prevent transmission of the virus to the tissue, blood components, blood, cells or organs of the patient.”

Hepatitis Can Cause Infertility In Men: Precautions You Can Take
“Hepatitis is a disorder that causes inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis can be infected in acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term) forms. It causes serious health complications, such as scarring of the liver, liver failure, or even liver cancer, depending on the severity of the case.”

Hepatitis C Remission
“Roughly 58 million people worldwide have chronic hepatitis C, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Of that number, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that an estimated 2.4 million Americans have chronic hepatitis C and that there are around 50,300 new cases of acute hepatitis C in the United States annually.”

Viral hepatitis elimination: a challenge, but within reach
“July 28 marks World Hepatitis Day. Hepatitis B and C are the two major forms of viral hepatitis, causing inflammation, damage to the liver, and sometimes cancer. Their burden is huge—more men acquired hepatitis B (890 000 cases) in 2019–20 than HIV (720 000 cases). In 2019, HIV caused 0·7 million deaths, whereas hepatitis B and C combined caused 1·1 million deaths.”

Effect of COVID-19 on hepatitis B and C virus countermeasures: Hepatologist responses from nationwide survey in Japan
“Achieving hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) elimination requires continuous and sustained high volumes of diagnosis and treatment which have been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This study assessed COVID-19 effect on hepatitis-related services in Japan and compare Japan’s situation with global survey.”

Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBsAg) Test
“The HBsAg blood test is used to detect hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg). If your blood is HBsAg positive, it means you are infectious for the virus and can pass it to other people through your blood or body fluids.”