Hepatitis C

Hep C: Speak Up

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Christopher Baldwin

I was diagnosed with both HIV and Hep C in 2010. In November 2016, I sat down in my HIV and Hep C specialist's consultation room. I thought this was a routine consultation, but my specialist had some great news for me. A turning point had been reached in terms of access to the new direct acting antiviral (DAA) treatments for Hep C.

The Fight Against Hepatitis C Has Not Yet Been Won - Here's What We Have To Do

Professor Mark Thursz | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK
Professor Mark Thursz

The obvious places to initiate HCV testing are in community drug and alcohol clinics and in prisons, yet a bureaucratic 'dog's dinner' acts as a barrier to this happening, resulting in low rates of HCV testing. Clinics are commissioned through cash-strapped local authorities while commissioning tenders rarely require HCV infection testing and Public Health England has no authority to insist it takes place.

Everything You Need To Know About Hepatitis C

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Around 214,000 people in the UK are estimated to be living with hepatitis C, but according to the The Hepatitis C Trust, at least 100,000 people are u...

Pamela Anderson Is 'Cured' From Hepatitis C After Taking Anti-Viral Drug

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Pamela Anderson has been 'cured from Hepatitis C' after being prescribed a new anti-viral drug. Anderson revealed that she had contracted the disea...

Gay Men and Blood Donation - Are We Focusing on the Wrong Inequality?

Yusef Azad | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK
Yusef Azad

It's National Blood Week and this year the call for blood donors is more urgent than ever with the announcement that the number of donors has fallen by 40% over the last 10 years. With such a crisis in donation why is it that there remains a restriction on any man giving blood who has had sex with another man in the previous 12 months? This week sees many calling for an end to such restrictions as unnecessary and discriminatory - as well as counter-productive given the shortage of donors.

Could This Rid The World Of Hepatitis C For Good?

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It is estimated that around 215,000 people in the UK have chronic hepatitis C, but there may be some good news for those suffering. A new pill trea...

On the International Day Against Drugs, Let's Look Again at Sweden's 'Successful' Drug Policies

Damon Barrett | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Damon Barrett

There are multiple imbalances of focus here. Funding of health versus enforcement. Policing individuals versus traffickers. The policy space taken up by cannabis versus important health harms associated with other substances.

600 University Students At Risk Of HIV And Hepatitis After NHS Blunder

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

More than 600 students are facing an agonising wait to find out if they have been infected with HIV, hepatitis C or hepatitis B after a healthcare wor...

14p Crack Pipe Vending Machines Will 'Curb Spread Of HIV & Hepatitis C'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK

Two crack pipe vending machines have been installed in a Vancouver neighbourhood. The machines dispense Pyrex crack pipes for just 25 cents each (...

Slings, Slamming and Chem-sex

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

The story I'm going to tell concerns three individuals, whom we'll call (with a hat-tip to Mr Tarantino) Mr Pink, Mr Orange and Mr Black. The reason I'm telling these stories is that last week during my HIV clinic, three of my patients were diagnosed with acute viral hepatitis C. This is how it happened.

HIV Warning For Men Who Use Injectable Steriods

PA | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle

One in 10 men who inject themselves with anabolic steroids or tanning drugs have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C, according to a study...

The Hepatitis Time Bomb, Fuelled by the War on Drugs

Ann Fordham | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ann Fordham

The World Health Organization (WHO) has referred to hepatitis as a "viral time bomb" that poses a major public health, economic and social threat. The virus is highly infectious and easily transmitted through blood-to-blood contact - presenting disproportionate risks for people who inject drugs. A cure exists but is prohibitively expensive in most countries.

Stigma, Complacency and Ignorance in the Fight Against HIV

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

Many younger gay men these days have not seen their friends die of AIDS-related illnesses, and there certainly isn't the fear around HIV which their once was. There is a difficult balance to strike here: we don't want to stigmatise HIV further yet at the same time it is difficult to combat the damaging "I don't care" attitude without emphasising the serious nature of the HIV infection.

Christmas-Themed C Party Menu

Gizzi Erskine | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gizzi Erskine

I recently hosted a star-studded private dinner party at Boy George's house which was incredible, if not slightly overwhelming! I was rather star struck on the night but thoroughly enjoyed being back in the kitchen cooking delicious, healthy food.

Hepatitis C Vaccine Could Be Found In Cousin Of Common Cold

PA | Posted 04.01.2012 | UK

A cousin of the common cold virus offers the first hope of an effective vaccine against the chronic liver infection hepatitis C, it has been revealed....