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Updated Hep C Guidelines

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On May 25, 2018, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) updated their hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening and treatment recommendations to focus on groups most at-risk for HCV, including pregnant women who previously were not regularly screened, people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men and individuals who are incarcerated.

We applaud these organizations for formalizing recommendations that emphasize the importance of testing these communities and treating virtually all patients with the virus.

Read and download the updated recommendations here or on our website, under Clinician Resources.

First, Do No Harm

The National Academy of Medicine has issued a new special publication to address the ongoing opioid epidemic.  The 21-page paper calls for all healthcare providers to prioritize non-opioid strategies when managing chronic pain, follow five axioms of responsible opioid prescribing, and promote policies that stimulate and support available scientific evidence.  As a call to action, the report reminds all providers to "First, do no harm".   

Hep Free Hawaii recognizes that by addressing the opioid epidemic, we are also addressing the closely related issues such as overdose and viral hepatitis.  Mahalo, National Academy of Medicine!