Tuesday, December 26, 2017 -- (MedPage Today) -- Less than 10% of candidates got vaccine
Monday, January 08, 2018 -- PURPOSE Both chronic hepatitis C (HCV) and B virus (HBV) infections are generally asymptomatic, and many remain undetected or are diagnosed at a late stage. Studies that evaluate best practice hepatitis testing strategies are needed to better detect this hidden population. METHODS In this prospective cohort study, we aimed to determine the diagnostic yield (test uptake and rate of positive test results) of a combined public health and primary care birth cohort testing strategy in detecting hidden cases of HCV and HBV infections. We invited all patients aged between 40 and 70 years (n = 6,743) registered with 11 family practices serving 2 higher prevalence areas, or hotspots (ie, estimated HCV prevalence of 1%; national estimated prevalence is 0.1–0.4%),
Monday, January 08, 2018 -- Heplisav-B is the first and only two-dose vaccine for prevention of hepatitis B in adults.
Friday, January 19, 2018 -- HBV reactivation occurs frequently in patients with chronic HBV and HCV coinfection receiving DAA therapy but is rare among patients with resolved HBV infection. Use of antiviral prophylaxis might be warranted in patients who test positive for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), particularly those with quantifiable HBV DNA.