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MARCH 19, 2014
 
SPECIAL SPEAKER: DR. PATRICK KENNEY
 
Topic for Wed Group is “New Treatment For
Hepatitis C”
 
Refreshments Provided by Midland Medical
and Pride RX Pharmacy
 
 Fortunately, in the past three months, there have been great advances in the treatment of Hepatitis C for both people who have the virus and those who also infected with HIV.  It is my pleasure to present the options that are available now and to answer any questions.
 
 

Viral hepatitis has been affected the LGTB community since before the HIV epidemic. The medical community has made great strides in eradicating hepatitis A and B with the advent of vaccinations and anti-viral medications.  Hepatitis C, however, has been an immense challenge for health care providers and their patients due to its tenacity to treatment to a very limited set of options.    I look forward to meeting with you all!

 

  
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DR PATRICK KENNEY
Specialist in Infectious Disease: General Infectious Disease, HIV/AIDS Medicine, International Health, Travel & Tropical, STD Medicine, Transplant/Immunocompromised States, Healthcare Associated Infections

954-565-0875  1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd, Suite #101
Oakland Park, FL

 
 

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MARCH 19, 2014
SPECIAL SPEAKER: DR. PATRICK KENNEY
Topic for Wed Group is “New Treatment For
Hepatitis C”
Refreshments Provided by Midland Medical
and Pride RX Pharmacy
 
 Fortunately, in the past three months, there have been great advances in the treatment of Hepatitis C for both people who have the virus and those who also infected with HIV.  It is my pleasure to present the options that are available now and to answer any questions.

Viral hepatitis has been affected the LGTB community since before the HIV epidemic. The medical community has made great strides in eradicating hepatitis A and B with the advent of vaccinations and anti-viral medications.  Hepatitis C, however, has been an immense challenge for health care providers and their patients due to its tenacity to treatment to a very limited set of options.    I look forward to meeting with you all!

 

Photo
photo of Dr. Patrick Kenney
DR PATRICK KENNEY
Specialist in Infectious Disease: General Infectious Disease, HIV/AIDS Medicine, International Health, Travel & Tropical, STD Medicine, Transplant/Immunocompromised States, Healthcare Associated Infections

954-565-0875  1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd, Suite #101
Oakland Park, FL

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MARCH 19, 2014
 
SPECIAL SPEAKER: DR. PATRICK KENNEY
 
Topic for Wed Group is “New Treatment For
Hepatitis C”
 
Refreshments Provided by Midland Medical
and Pride RX Pharmacy
 
 Fortunately, in the past three months, there have been great advances in the treatment of Hepatitis C for both people who have the virus and those who also infected with HIV.  It is my pleasure to present the options that are available now and to answer any questions.

Viral hepatitis has been affected the LGTB community since before the HIV epidemic. The medical community has made great strides in eradicating hepatitis A and B with the advent of vaccinations and anti-viral medications.  Hepatitis C, however, has been an immense challenge for health care providers and their patients due to its tenacity to treatment to a very limited set of options.    I look forward to meeting with you all!

 

  
Photo
 
photo of Dr. Patrick Kenney
 
DR PATRICK KENNEY
Specialist in Infectious Disease: General Infectious Disease, HIV/AIDS Medicine, International Health, Travel & Tropical, STD Medicine, Transplant/Immunocompromised States, Healthcare Associated Infections

954-565-0875  1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd, Suite #101
Oakland Park, FL

 
 

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Hep C News

HepCFriends-

We all agree that it’s time to get serious about fighting the growing health care issues surrounding Hepatitis C. That is why I am excited to share the great news that Rep. Mia Jones, who represents Jacksonville in the Florida House of Representatives, has filed legislation to ensure that getting tested and follow-up treatment becomes a regular occurrence among Floridians, especially “Baby Boomers”.

Two weeks ago, I joined Rep. Jones and a number of Florida health care advocates at a press conference in Tallahassee to further the dialogue on why we it’s so critical to pass this legislation.

HepCPic

The most recent Hepatitis C numbers noted below tell the story of why our lawmakers should support Rep. Jones legislation.

4 million U.S. residents are living with HCV.
17,000 new HCV infections occur annually in the United States.
15,000 deaths occur each year-now exceeding those who die of HIV.
300,000 Floridians are living with HCV.

Today, there are a number of effective new treatments available that can prevent serious health conditions associated with Hepatitis C such liver damage, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer.

The AIDS Institute applauds Rep. Jones for her early effort to bring awareness to Hepatitis C and the need to get tested and seek treatment. We know that getting tested can help people learn if they are infected and get them the lifesaving care and treatment they need.

Our work to combat this silent epidemic begins today. Join me in supporting Rep. Jones’ legislation, House Bill 465 and help us pass this important legislation this year.

Please use these links to contact your legislators and ask them to lend their support to HB465 today.

State Senate: http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find

State House: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/sections/representatives/myrepresentative.aspx

Sincerely,

Michael Ruppal

Executive Director

The AIDS Institute

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Hepatitis C Cure

Together, two drugs clear the hepatitis C virus without the severe side effects of older treatments, holding out the promise of a cure.

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I would like to announce and invite you to attend the ABCs of Hep and Health. On Thursday, June 23rd at 7pm (6:30 for refreshments) Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. James T. Dwyer and BioScript pharmacists Diona Libonati and Daniel Elmore will give the community an educational presentation examining Hepatitis A, B, & C, Co-infection with HIV and the latest treatments. See attachment. Please forward this information to your colleagues and clients. I look forward to seeing you all!

Michael Childers

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Hepatitis C Rapid Test
OraSure Technologies, Inc.
In February of this year, OraSure Technologies received U.S. Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) approval for a rapid hepatitis C test. The approval for the new OraQuick HCV Rapid
Antibody finger-stick test follows about eight months after the FDA approved a similar
blood-draw test for the blood-borne pathogen.
The difference between the tests is how the sample is obtained, said Ron Ticho, OraSure’s
vice president of communications. “This particular procedure now does not require a blood
draw. Instead, it can be done with a simple prick of the finger and a smaller sample of
blood, similar to a diabetes blood test. The approval makes the test more versatile,” he
added, “and will help health care professionals to identify more individuals with this disease.”
The company plans to make it even less invasive, eventually looking to obtain approval for an oral fluid
version of the test, similar to the process used to develop its HIV tests.
For more information, go to: http://www.orasure.com/
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