Week Ending October 03, 2022

Co-Infected HIV, Hepatitis C Patients May Have Increased Risk of Heart Attack
“Research suggests that an HIV patient’s risk of heart attack increases with each passing decade, and this risk is nearly 3-fold among patients with HIV who are also positive for hepatitis C.”

Liver fibrosis may not improve beyond one year after hepatitis C cure
“After being cured of hepatitis C, markers of liver fibrosis do not continue to decline one year beyond cure, a study of women living with HIV and hepatitis C in the United States has found. The results challenge the assumption that most people with hepatitis C can expect to experience a long-term improvement in liver health after hepatitis C cure and highlight the need for ongoing monitoring of liver fibrosis after hepatitis C, say the study investigators.”

Increase in hepatitis C infections in young adults
“This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Morgan Lange about increasing hepatitis C infections in young adults and effective treatments for this condition. Dr. Lange is a clinical pharmacist at MUSC.”

Non-Targeted Screening Program Could Identify More HCV Infections
“With an all-ready challenging patient population to treat, having a program to get more people into treatment can be helpful in an underserved group.”

Only one in 10 people with HCV and an indication offered PrEP, study finds
“While hepatitis C and HIV share many of the same risk factors, people with HCV are not often discussed as a priority population for HIV prevention,” Kristi C. Hill, MD, intern at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, told Healio. “Our research group was already conducting a larger study evaluating the overlap of transmission networks for HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) that involved the collection of epidemiologic data for patients with HIV and/or HCV.”

Precautionary Antiviral Therapy Prevents Chronic Hepatitis C in Transplant Recipients
“A short, preemptive regimen of direct-acting antivirals prevented chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in all recipients of organ transplants from donors with the virus, according to findings from a multicenter study presented at the International Liver Congress in London.”

Chronic HCV Patients do not Have Significant Gut Microbiota Differences
“There is not much differences in gut microbiota between patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) and healthy control individuals.”

Sure Signs You Have Damaged Your Liver
“According to the CDC, 4.5 million US adults have liver disease. “Obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol — common features of metabolic syndrome — are all known major risk factors for the development of fatty liver disease,” says Craig Lammert, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a practicing gastroenterologist and hepatologist at IU Health.”