Five hundred dollars may seem a paltry sum for a crowdfunding effort these days. But the $500 being sought by University of Illinois Springfield researchers will be used for research that could save lives and thousands of dollars in treatment costs for those with Hepatitis C.
UIS researchers are for the first time using crowdfunding as a way to purchase rapid testing kits and other equipment needed to study Hepatitis C in the central Illinois homeless population.
Two professors want to test members of the homeless population in Springfield, Bloomington, Champaign, Decatur and Peoria to find the number of people infected with the virus and conduct genotype testing to look at transmission of the disease.
First-of-its-kind program gives infected homeless people access to cutting edge treatments
A first-of-its-kind pilot project is working to cure homeless clients of Montreal’s Old Brewery Mission of hepatitis C.
The program, known as Pause Santé, has taken in 27 mission residents over the past year, and 20 have been cured.
It’s estimated that 50 per cent of Montreal’s homeless population lives with the treatable yet potentially fatal disease.
Found injection drug use is a big factor
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The number of young people infected with hepatitis C on the streets of Vancouver is on the rise.
That’s according to a new study by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. Dr. Scott Hadland with the Centre says drug use is the primary cause.
“When we looked at factors that were associated with developing
Hepatitis C, we found that injection drug use of heroin, cocaine, and
crystal methamphetamine were the primary drivers of this risk profile.”
A combination of interventions to create opportunities for
stable housing, stigma reduction and changes in the delivery of health care
could play a critical role in improving uptake of hepatitis C treatment in
people who inject drugs, according to a review published this month in Harm Reduction Journal (full text
Modelling studies suggest that scaling up hepatitis C
treatment access for people who inject drugs would reduce the prevalence of
infection and act as a prevention measure. Moreover, guidelines in several
countries have been revised so that drug use is no longer a reason to exclude a
person from hepatitis C treatment, and there is evidence that drug users can have
comparable adherence and treatment outcomes to other populations.
MONTREAL – The Old Brewery Mission has unveiled a new facility where 14
homeless Montrealers will have a special place to stay while they
undergo the year-long treatment for Hepatitis C.
The initiative, known as Pause Sante, is the first-of-its kind in
Canada and is being welcomed by health care authorities who know the
challenges faced by those who require the cure for the liver ailment.