Alcohol, Hepatitis C/HCV and Harvoni
Effective treatment with Harvoni or generic Harvoni is greatly increased for those who do not conusme alcohol.
Alcohol and Harvoni is not recommended due to the results of ineffective treatment.
Only 20% of heavy drinkers that stopped drinking before treatment cleared the virus.
More alcoholic drinks increase the viral load.
Five or more drinks a day will develop scar tissue on the liver and cirrhosis.
Twenty percent of all hepatitis C patients have a chance of developing fibrosis, developing to cirrhosis.
Heavy drinkers are 16 times more likely to develop cirrhossis than non drinkers.
WHO Definition of Hepatitis C Prevention
WHO: Viral Hepatitis Testing Guidelines
WHO estimates more than 300 million people have hepc/hepatitis c/HCV.
Direct acting antivirals (DAA) cure 90%+ of all hepatitis C patients.
WHO guidelines recommend the use of rapid testing kits to increase outreach those with hepatitis B or C.
Injecting drug users should also be included in the program in terms of screening, testing, treatment and education.
Training is also highly recommended for volunteers and staff to remove the stigma of hepatitis C and programs around the world.
The Great State of Virginia will be following WHO Guidelines
Gov. Terry McAuliffe Allows Syring Access in Virginia
Stigma of needle exchange is finally going by the way side atleast by Virginia's governor.
Needle exchanges are very important in high risk groups of hepatitis C, HCV, hepatitis B, HIV and other blood borne infectious diseases.
Opiod addiction and overdose is on the super highway in Virginia. Focusing on education on prevention, screening, testing and treatment.
Generic Harvoni from http://www.sunnypharma.org was donated to several Virginians that could not afford treatment. We will continue to donate to those that are denied and require life saving treatment.
Virginia Dept of Health has more than 8000 cases of heaptitis C.