Hep B and C

Triple therapy for hepatitis C in people with HIV co-infection

published: July, 27, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Hep B and C, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Aidsmap reports there are hopeful signs that triple therapy for hepatitis C virus (HCV) can achieve good outcomes in people with HIV co-infection

Triple therapy for hepatitis C in people with HIV co-infection

This article first appeared in aidsmap.com’s HIV weekly.  For more details go to the aidsmap.com website here.   Doctors in France looked at end-of-treatment responses among people with HIV and HCV co-infection who started triple-drug HCV treatment, often during routine care. Nearly three-quarters had an undetectable hepatitis C viral load after completing therapy. The study adds considerably to our understanding of the safety and effectiveness of new anti-HCV drugs, as most of the exis

A new role for treatment as prevention?

published: July, 24, 2013 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // As Prevention , Hep B and C, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment

Not just for HIV. CATIE on limiting the spread of hepatitis C virus with treatment as prevention (TasP)

A new role for treatment as prevention?

This article previously appeared on the CATIE website here. Une version française est disponible ici.   The idea of Treatment as Prevention, or TasP, has been proposed and is being implemented in some regions as one tool to help control the spread of HIV. An initial part of TasP is offering HIV testing and counselling to help educate people about ways to protect themselves and others from HIV. After counselling, those who test positive can be referred to a healthcare provider so that opt

Fast and furious

published: June, 18, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Hep B and C, Fitness and Exercise, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy catches up with long term Hep C and HIV survivor Barry Haarde to ask him questions about his second bike ride across North America in this freewheeling interview.

Fast and furious

Bob Leahy:  Hi Barry. We last spoke to you in August 2012 when you had just completed your first bike ride across the North American continent. Now you’ve just completed your second ride across the continent.  Why did you do it again? Barry Haarde: I guess long-distance endurance cycling is a little bit like hemophilia or HIV; it’s in your blood and you can’t get it out! Completing last year’s tour was such an emotional high, that upon its conclusion, I immediately began looking f

New HIV-HCV Co-infection guidelines: a progress report

published: April, 29, 2013 Categories // Hep B and C, Health, Research, Treatment, Living with HIV

The CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network has drafted new guidelines that include recommendations for evaluating co-infected patients, addressing barriers to care, selecting treatments, determining treatment timing and addressing drug-drug interactions.

Health Canada suggests that 250,000 Canadians are currently living with hepatitis C and up to 30 per cent of those living with HIV in Canada also contend with hepatitis C. However, those that are co-infected are often not included in key studies evaluating HIV and HCV medications. As a result, uncertainty often guides treatment decisions.  In response to this situation Drs. Curtis Cooper (U Ottawa), Marina Klein (McGill) and Mark Hull (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS) have led a CTN ini

HIV, hepatitis C and memory issues

published: January, 05, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Hep B and C, Mental Health, Health, Research, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Co-infection with hepatitis C is associated with memory problems in people living with HIV, according to new US research, says aidsmap

HIV, hepatitis C and memory issues

This article by Michael Carter first appeared on aidsmap.com here.  Co-infection with HIV and hepatitis C is associated with an increased risk of cognitive impairment, according to research published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Investigators from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs compared cognitive function between co-infected men, hepatitis C mono-infected men, HIV mono-infected men and a control group. Co-infection was assoc

Not Cheering Over Here

published: November, 22, 2012 Categories // Hep B and C, Current Affairs, International , Opinion Pieces

Ken Monteith like the recent gains in same sex marriage status in some states in the USA, but the process leaves him cold. “Human rights protection is not something that you submit to a popular vote” he says.

Not Cheering Over Here

To many, it must seem like the recent US elections were a great victory for the LGBT community. Not only did they bring a victory for Obama, responsible for removing a number of impediments to equality, albeit after a great deal of pushing by the community, but also a number of remarkable victories for other openly gay or lesbian candidates.  Your mind might have gone directly to the marriage votes when I brought up those elections. Maine voters decided to allow the state to issue marriage l

Co-infection Cohort

published: November, 21, 2012 Categories // Hep B and C, Research, Health, Living with HIV

Heiko Decosas, Communication and Information Officer. CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network on research that is looking at treatment in a cohort of people co-infected with HIV and Hep C.

As a Communications and Information Officer at the CTN, one of my key tasks is to take scientific writing on CTN trials and new developments in HIV and make these accessible to a larger audience. In this role, I am often confronted with challenging reports and trial protocols that take time to unpack and understand. Amidst all the complicated science underpinning clinical research, every now and again a paper is published that is abundantly clear and seemingly requires little interpretation.

Interview with an extraordinary man: Barry Haarde

published: June, 13, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Hep B and C, Fitness and Exercise, Features and Interviews, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

On the verge of an incredible feat, Bob Leahy talks to HIV, HepC and hemophilia long-term survivor Barry Haarde from Houston, Texas, who is about to ride his bike 3,667 miles coast to coast across North America.

Interview with an extraordinary man: Barry Haarde

Bob Leahy: Hello Barry, It’s a pleasure to talk to you.  PositiveLite.com readers will recall we featured your story here and now you have something new to talk about.  You're about to start cycling across North America, from west to east, right? I want to talk about that in a minute, and I’m excited your tour includes a little piece of Canada, but first I want to delve in to your story, if that’s OK with you. Now your story has similarities with Vaughn Ripley's, whom  we interviewe

The Needle Exchange

published: March, 30, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Hep B and C, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Matt Smith from AIDS New Brunswick explains why they do it....

The Needle Exchange

This article first appeared in the website of AIDS New Brunswick here. For the past several years there has been a move afoot to initiate a Needle Exchange in the Miramichi area. Thanks to the tireless work of invested community members, we are now on the cusp of opening one. My last blog about the Needle Exchange explained ‘How We Do’ or how we operate, but focused less upon why we operate. Since I have been spending some time lately talking about the virtues of Needle Exchanges, I have

Living with Hep C

published: February, 24, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Hep B and C, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S King has been there. But he says “The good news, thank God, is that the treatment plan worked, and I cleared hepatitis C from my body. There has been no recurrence. “

Living with Hep C

The image in my mind has never left me, even after many years of trying, of applying layers of wallpaper to that corner of my mind. I am in someone’s bedroom — it could have been anyone, really — and I am offered a syringe to inject crystal meth. The syringe has been used. I take it. I consider the consequences for a brief moment, but I am cavalier. And very, very high. I use the syringe. It wasn’t the threat of HIV that gave me pause. It was hepatitis C, which I knew was serious… a

Going the Distance: How I “Live Strong” with HIV

published: February, 12, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Hep B and C, Fitness and Exercise, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Guest writer Barry Haarde has been HIV-positive since 1985. He also has hemophilia. His goal? Becoming the first person with hemophilia to ride a bike across the United States.

Going the Distance: How I “Live Strong” with HIV

In the early 1980s, nearly 10,000 Americans with hemophilia, a rare blood-clotting disorder, contracted both HIV and hepatitis C from blood and blood products used to control bleeding. Of those, approximately 2,000 remain alive today.  In 1985, I tested positive for HIV, then called HTLV-III, at the age of 19. My brother and brother-in-law, both hemophiliacs, tested positive as well. My brother-in-law, Pat, lost his battle with AIDS in 1990, and my brother John succumbed to liver failure fro

Treating Hepatitis Seriously with New Models of Care

published: September, 16, 2011 Categories // Hep B and C, Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews Jan Klotz from Sanguen Health Centre, Ontario’s leading Hepatitis-focussed community based service organization. Working hand in hand with those providing HIV services, it represents a new model of care we need to get to know.

Treating Hepatitis Seriously with New Models of Care

Sanguen Health Centre is Canada’s first community based service organization for Hepatitis B and C. It’s sufficiently unique that I wanted to talk to Sanguen about what they do, how they do it and how that work intersects with HIV. Plus we wanted to learn a little more about Hep B and C too. Randy Verdone, who I interviewed for PositiveLite here is one of their clients. Says Randy “February 3rd, 2010 was my first visit to the Sanguen Health Centre. I originally attended there

Bob Leahy interviews Randy Verdone for PositiveLite and World Hepatitis Day

published: July, 28, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Hep B and C, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Randy Verdone is in recovery from twenty years of addiction, jail time, life in the sex trade industry and separation from his children. His story of courage, survival and triumph will inspire you.

Bob Leahy interviews Randy Verdone for PositiveLite and World Hepatitis Day

I asked Randy Verdone to write his bio.  "My name is Randy Verdone, I am a 34 year old male.  I come from a small community where I was raised in an abusive family that didn’t want me. I have lived a large portion of my life on the streets.  I am recovering from almost 20yrs of addiction, abuse and hiding from my past, who I was and what I had done.  I was a walking stigma and until recently, fought that title with every fiber of my being. Now though I am learning to embr

Why You Should Care about the "Other" H Virus (le français suit)

published: February, 17, 2011 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Hep B and C, CATIE, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV

Pop quiz! Can hepatitis C be passed during sex?

Why You Should Care about the

(le français suit) Pop quiz! Can hepatitis C be passed during sex? Time's up. What's your answer? While many people know that hepatitis C virus can pass through blood-to-blood contact during activities like sharing needles or straws while doing drugs, sex wasn't really considered a risk for passing the virus—at least until fairly recently. Starting about a decade ago, cases of Hep C among groups of HIV-positive gay men who did not inject drugs raised the possibility of Hep C passing during

Dr. Curtis Cooper & Greg Robinson on HIV/Hep coinfection and liver transplants

published: May, 16, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Community Events, Hep B and C, Events, Features and Interviews, Research, Brian Finch

I'm reposting as to be able to publish links on Facebook. June 14th, at the Coutyard Marriot, the Canadian Treatment Action Council held a presentation and panel discussion on the latest litterature review and analysis on liver transplants for those who are either HIV or Hep B/C positive, or both. For those who may not know, if one is HIV + they are not able to get a transplant in Canada, nor will any of the provinces pay to have it done in the states. This is the first in an ongoing series to

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