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CROI 2016: Advances in Hepatitis C Research [VIDEO]

Interferon-free therapy can now cure most patients with chronic hepatitis C, but challenges still remain, including persistent liver damage and cancer risk and HCV reinfection after successful treatment. A panel of hepatitis C experts discuss research presented at the recent Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2016) and related news with HIVandHepatitis.com editor Liz Highleyman in this IFARA video update.

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CROI 2016: Primary Care Providers Can Successfully Treat People with Hepatitis C

Direct-acting antiviral therapy for hepatitis C delivered by non-specialists such as primary care physicians and nurse practitioners is safe and effective -- even for the most difficult-to-treat patients -- and could potentially help increase the number of people receiving treatment, according to findings from the ASCEND study presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2016) last month in Boston.

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Coverage of the 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections

HIVandHepatitis.com coverage of the 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic infections (CROI 2016), February 22-25, 2016, in Boston.

Conference highlights include PrEP and other HIV prevention innovations, new HIV treatment strategies, HIV cure research, the cascade of care, HIV-related conditions, and optimizing therapy for hepatitis C.

HIVandHepatitis.com coverage by topic

CROI website

2/26/16

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CROI 2016: Ravidasvir Plus Sofosbuvir Demonstrates High Cure Rate for HCV Genotype 4

Sofosbuvir plus the investigational HCV NS5A inhibitor ravidasvir, with or without ribavirin, cured 95% to 100% of people with hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 4, the most common type in Egypt, according to findings from the Pyramid 1 study presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2016)last week in Boston.

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Daclatasvir Plus Asunaprevir Cures Most Genotype 1b Chinese Hepatitis C Patients

An interferon- and ribavirin-free dual combination of Bristol-Myers Squibb's hepatitis C virus (HCV) NS5A inhibitor daclatasvir (Daklinza) and HCV protease inhibitor asunaprevir (Sunvepra) produced sustained response in more than 90% of genotype 1b chronic hepatitis C patients in China, researchers reported at the 25th Conference or the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver this week in Tokyo. 

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