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You can get hep B
from blood and
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For more information,
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You can only get hep C
from blood-to-blood contact

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Effective treatment
is available for
hepatitis B and C

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Viral hepatitis (A, B & C)

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver, and it can be caused by a virus or other non-viral causes.  The main difference between the viruses is how they are spread and the effects they have on your health.

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Prevention

There are safe and effective vaccines that protect you from getting hepatitis A and B.  While there is no vaccine for hep C, by being ‘blood aware’ you can reduce your overall chance of being exposed to the virus.

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Living with Hepatitis

People with chronic hepatitis can do a number of things to stay healthy including limiting/avoiding alcohol, reducing stress, not smoking, getting regular exercise and eating a healthy diet.

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Treatment

Effective treatment is available for both chronic hepatitis B and C.  Before you can see a liver specialist to talk about going on treatment, you need to get a referral from your GP first.

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C-Network 6 July 2007

C-NETWORK
Hepatitis News Update
6 July 2007
Hepatitis Council of Queensland Inc.
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GENERAL HEP C 
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Pamela Anderson gets apology over hepatitis C joke
http://news.google.com.au/news?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=SUNA,
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LIVING WITH HEP C
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Iron in foods may affect hepatitis C prognosis
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/features/science/20070625TDY03002.htm
The Pros and Cons of Using Marijuana with Hepatitis C
http://www.hepatitis-central.com/mt/archives/2007/06/the_pros_and_co.html
Pregnancy, Babies, Children & Hep C Factsheet – New Hepatitis C Council of NSW Resource
http://www.hepatitisc.org.au/quickref/documents/Preg-Babies-Children.pdf

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HEALTH CARE
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Hep C scare for 2000 patients [Sydney, Australia]
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22016462-421,00.html
New Hepatitis C Cases Connected to NYC Anesthesiologist [N.Y., U.S.A]
http://www.hepatitis-central.com/mt/archives/2007/06/new_hepatitis_c_4.html
When the Surgeon Is Infected, How Safe Is the Surgery? [United States]
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/03/health/03cons.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&oref=slogin
Hepatitis C Videoconferencing: The Impact on Continuing Medical Education for Rural Healthcare Providers
http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/abs/10.1089/tmj.2006.0050
Transmission of hepatitis C virus by needle-stick injury in community settings
http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1440-1746.2006.04568.x

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DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
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New community network to boost Queensland drug efforts [Australia]
http://statements.cabinet.qld.gov.au/MMS/StatementDisplaySingle.aspx?id=52784
Injecting room reason 'bogus'
A (good) shot in the arm that’s saving junkies’ lives [United States]
http://www.thevillager.com/villager_215/agoodshot.html
House of Representatives Repeals 9-Year Needle Ban [United States]
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/28/AR2007062801878.html?hpid=topnews
Man jailed for injecting sons with drugs [United States]
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=276111&rss=yes
Public opinion on needle and syringe programmes: avoiding assumptions for policy and practice
http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content?content=10.1080/09595230701373867
The gendered context of initiation to injecting drug use: evidence for women as active initiates
http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a777049323~db=all~order=page
‘Of Substance’ magazine July 2007 Vol. 5 No. 3. Available online:
http://www.ofsubstance.org.au/
Overdose Awareness Day 2007 – August 31
http://www.salvationarmy.org.au/SALV:LANDING::pc=PC_60908
Needle and Syringe - Podcasts, Papers and Presentations - University of Melbourne
http://www.nspresearch.unimelb.edu.au/podcasts.html

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PRISONS
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Do condoms cause rape and mayhem? The long-term effects of condoms in New South Wales’ prisons
http://sti.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/83/3/219
'I just keep thinking I haven't got it because I'm not yellow': a qualitative study of the factors that influence the uptake of Hepatitis C testing by prisoners
http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=1906754

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TREATMENT
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Who Moved My PEG? The Changing Future of Anti-HCV Therapy
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http://www.clinicianschannel.com/antihcv/?mptts=20070629071511
FDA fast tracks ViroPharma's [oral] treatment of hepatitis C
http://www.news-medical.net/?id=26990
Opportunities for treating chronic hepatitis B and C virus infection using RNA interference
http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2893.2006.00818.x
Schering Plough Ends Celgosivir Deal
http://www.natap.org/2007/HCV/062807_01.htm

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HEPATITIS B
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Hepatitis B patients' understanding of infection and treatment deficient
http://www.firstscience.com/home/news/breaking-news-all-topics/
The Natural History and Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis B: A Critical
Evaluation of Standard Treatment Criteria and End Points (HBV-DNA, ALT)
http://www.natap.org/2007/HBV/070307_01.htm
Serum HBV RNA Is a Predictor of Early Emergence of Lamivudine Resistance
http://www.hivandhepatitis.com/hep_b/news/2007/062207_b.html

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HIV/HCV CO-INFECTION
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HCV Replication Found in the Central Nervous System in HIV+
http://www.natap.org/2007/HCV/070307_01.htm
EUROPEAN UNION: Schering-Plough Receives European Approval for Combo Drug to Treat Hepatitis C in HIV Patients
http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/070625/schering_plough_hepatitis.html?.v=1
Hepatitis Drug May Generate HIV Resistance
http://www.medpagetoday.com/Gastroenterology/Hepatitis/tb/5977
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LIVER
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Sirius Satellite Radio Host Tawn Mastrey in Need of Life Saving Liver Transplant [United States]
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2007/7/prweb537126.htm
In 'Spontaneous' Liver Cancer, Researcher Sees A Cure
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/06/070619163106.htm
FIB-4: An Inexpensive and Accurate Marker of Liver Fibrosis in Patients with Hepatitis C
http://www.hivandhepatitis.com/hep_c/news/2007/070207_a.html
Transient elastography for patients with chronic hepatitis B and C virus infection: Non-invasive, quantitative assessment of liver fibrosis
http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1872-034X.2007.00160.x?

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INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
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18th International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm took place in May.
Position papers, conference Videos and Media Projects online at:
http://www.ihra.net/News
http://www.youtube.com/HunCivLibUnion
International HBV Meeting 2007
September 16-20, 2007, Rome, Italy
http://www.hbvmeeting.org/
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QLD EVENTS
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Hepatitis Support Services Feedback Survey [QLD Australia only]
http://www.hepqld.asn.au/pilotproject/survey.html
Hepatitis C Management Course for General Practitioners - Saturday Afternoon - 4 August 2007
Hepatitis C Management Course for Health Care Workers - 8 August 2007 Brisbane
http://www.som.uq.edu.au/hivandhcvprojects/ed_activities/hcv/hcv_courses.asp#
Hepatitis Council of QLD Info/Support Meetings
Tuesday Jul 10, 2007, 10am: Rant n Rave morning
Tuesday Jul 31, 2007, 6pm: Tattooing and piercing - Night D Lite Information evening
http://hepqld.asn.au/content/view/38/92/
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