Alcohol Consumption and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) RNA Levels in HIV/HCV Coinfected Patients

Fuster D, Nunes D, Cheng DM, Saitz R, Samet JH. Alcohol Consumption and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) RNA Levels in HIV/HCV Coinfected Patients. Viruses. 2021; 13(5):716.
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Background: The impact of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA levels on the evolution of chronic HCV infection-related liver damage is controversial. Heavy alcohol use is believed to have a deleterious impact on the course of HCV disease, but current knowledge about the possible effect of alcohol use on HCV RNA levels in HIV/HCV coinfected patients is limited.

HepHIV 2021


The next HepHIV conference will take place 5-7 May 2021 involving participants from across the community, public health and the health system. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the HepHIV2021 Lisbon Conference will take place via a virtual platform. A Portuguese national meeting will be arranged if feasible

Updated HIV Clinical and Service Delivery Recommendations


In late 2020, WHO developed new clinical and service delivery recommendations on key topic areas outlined in the agenda below. To launch and discuss these recommendations, WHO will host a webinar with a brief question and answer session, open to all participants.

Provisional agenda

Director’s Welcome - Department of Global HIV, Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infection Programmes

EU HCV Elimination Policy Summit


Despite the progress that has been made in recent years, HCV remains a major public health problem in Europe. In the European Union (EU) more people die each year from HCV than from HIV/AIDS. 

Toxins in Marijuana Smoke May Be Harmful to Health, Study Finds

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Smoking weed may expose people to the same type of toxic chemicals found in tobacco smoke, a new study finds. People who only smoked marijuana had higher blood and urine levels of several smoke-related toxins such as naphthalene, acrylamide and acrylonitrile than nonsmokers.