Hepatitis

An Ebola virus virion. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

EBOLA REALITY CHECK: With Ebola Outbreak Hype Gripping America, Some Facts To Put It All In Perspective

It could be the fear of a hemorrhagic fever escaping from Africa, attacking the very heartland of America. It could be pictures of victims bleeding from every part of their body, writing in pain. The disease is fearsome, but beyond the sensational headlines, a little perspective may help calm fears.

10/17/2014

Dr. Diana Sylvestre leads the education group at the OASIS clinic in Oakland (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Diagnoses Hope In The Midst Of An Epidemic

Hepatitis C is the most common bloodborne infection in the country. In fact, nearly two out of every 100 people have been exposed. This week’s Jefferson Award winner started a clinic in Oakland to help those infected with this liver damaging virus — a unique place where patients are not only changing their lives, but also a community.

09/18/2014

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Oregon, Illinois Medicaid Programs Place Tight Restrictions On Gilead $1,000-Per-Pill Hepatitis C Drug Sovaldi

An Oregon Medicaid committee is expected Thursday to significantly scale back access to an effective—but expensive—new drug used to treat hepatitis C, the second state to retrict access to the drug in two days.

07/31/2014

Sovaldi

Gilead Profit Soars Into The Billions, Fueled By Hepatitis C Drug That Costs $1,000 Per Pill

The maker of a hepatitis C drug that costs about $1,000 per pill on Wednesday delivered a quarterly earnings report that shattered expectations, showing the company tripled its profit which is now in the billions.

07/23/2014

Hepatitis Testing

Viral Hepatitis Testing Offered For Liver-Destroying Disease

Viral hepatitis is a common blood borne infection that slowly destroys the liver. You can’t live without your liver, yet few of us know if we’re even infected with one of the viruses.

05/16/2014

Lisa Moorish poses for photographs after getting tested for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C to promote getting tested ahead of World Hepatitis Day 2009 (19th May 2009) on the first ever GET TESTED! bus at Leicester Square on May 18, 2009 in London, England.  (Credit Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

Liver Virus Concerns Prompt Communities To Declare National Hepatitis Testing Day On Monday, May 19th

It’s a virus 100 times more infectious than HIV, that can live for a week outside the body on razors and toothbrushes, that destroys the liver through cirrhosis and cancer, and doctors and patients may not even realize it’s there until it kills the host, and infects others.

05/13/2014

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Some CPMC Patients Urged To Get HIV Tests After Equipment Improperly Sterilized

Some patients at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco have been warned to get tested for HIV and other infectious diseases after hospital officials learned some equipment was improperly sterilized, a hospital spokesman said Friday.

03/28/2014

Sovaldi

Foster City-Based Gilead’s Breakthrough Hepatitis Drug Costs $1,000 Per Pill

Doctors are calling a newly-approved drug a “ revolution” in treating the most common blood-borne infection in the United States. But patient advocates warn how those who need it may not be able to afford it; and noisy protests from Paris to San Francisco are trying to drive the displeasure over the price into the open.

02/18/2014

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SF Porn Company’s Condom Policy Prompts Fine By CalOSHA

A San Francisco porn company was fined for maintaining dangerous workplace conditions…

02/01/2014

A man holds a crack pipe. (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

Free Crack Pipe Advocates Plan SF Giveaway Despite City Opposition

Supporters of a plan to hand out clean crack pipes to San Francisco drug users say they’re not swayed by city opposition and plan to hand them out anyway.

01/28/2014

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