The Caring Ambassadors Program uses a unique approach in our work to address the elimination of viral hepatitis and specifically hepatitis C.

Our three main methods to combat hepatitis C are to Empower patients and providers to increase their knowledge of hepatitis C to improve access a cure; to Educate systems and communities on how to integrate viral hepatitis services into existing programming; and to Advocate on behalf of patients and communities to create sound policy, funding and messaging. We are honored to serve the community to help eliminate the largest infectious disease outbreak of our time; we promise to be BOLD in our approach to creating paths to health and making hepatitis C history.

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Recent News

Week Ending November 26, 2018

Chronic Hepatitis C Infection and Parkinsonism: What’s the Link?
“For patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC), there is a significantly greater risk for developing parkinsonism, however, treatment with pegylated interferon and ribavirin (PegIFN/RBV) may reduce this risk, according to results of a recent study.”

Keytruda Granted Accelerated Approval for Treatment of HCC
“The FDA expanded the approved indications for pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck), granting the checkpoint inhibitor accelerated approval for the treatment of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) previously treated with sorafenib (Nexavar, Bayer).”

Young Drug Users Encounter Barriers to Hepatitis C Treatment
“Researchers have identified several determinants of young people who inject drugs (PWID) not accessing treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, which could inform interventions for this population that is key to decreasing virus circulation.”

How much does hepatitis C treatment cost?
“There is no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C, but medical innovations in recent years mean that oral treatments can cure most people. However, these newer drugs have a high cost that can make paying for hepatitis C treatment difficult.”

Hepatitis C symptoms in women
“Hepatitis C is a viral illness that, without treatment, can cause long-term damage to the liver. While this illness can affect both sexes, it may cause different symptoms and complications in females.”

Targeted Hepatitis C testing misses substantial number of cases in correctional setting
“Results from a new study led by Boston Medical Center (BMC) found routine Hepatitis C testing identified a significant number of cases that would have been missed by targeted testing among a population of individuals in Washington State prisons. Published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the authors recommend routine testing in correctional facilities to best identify and treat the disease as part of the national strategy to eliminate Hepatitis C transmission.”

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