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This Wednesday 05-02-2012 the topic is

Hepatitis C

our Guest speaker is:

Dr. Dominic Riganotti

Hepatitis C

  1. What is Hepatitis C?  What is it that is infective?
  2. What are the numbers…how many people are infected?….lets talk
  3. How could I get Hep C?  What’s the sources of infection?
  4. Disease stats…what happens to infected people?  Does everyone get sick?
  5. Is it just one type of virus?  Are some worse than others?
  6. What are the symptoms I can watch out for if I get infected?
  7. Where does the virus go in my body after it infects me?
  8. What’s the worst that could happen?
  9. What’s the treatment?
  10. How long is the treatment?
  11. Will it cure me?
  12. Will it make any of my other problems worse?
Wilton Manors Center for Infectious Disease & Immunology
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Wilton Executive Suites
Infectious Diseases & Immunology
2312 Wilton Drive
HIV Care & Disease Management  
Wilton Manors, FL 33305
954.745.6874

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This Wednesday 05-02-2012 the topic is

Hepatitis C

our Guest speaker is:

Dr. Dominic Riganotti

Hepatitis C

  1. What is Hepatitis C?  What is it that is infective?
  2. What are the numbers…how many people are infected?….lets talk
  3. How could I get Hep C?  What’s the sources of infection?
  4. Disease stats…what happens to infected people?  Does everyone get sick?
  5. Is it just one type of virus?  Are some worse than others?
  6. What are the symptoms I can watch out for if I get infected?
  7. Where does the virus go in my body after it infects me?
  8. What’s the worst that could happen?
  9. What’s the treatment?
  10. How long is the treatment?
  11. Will it cure me?
  12. Will it make any of my other problems worse?
Wilton Manors Center for Infectious Disease & Immunology
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Wilton Executive Suites
Infectious Diseases & Immunology
2312 Wilton Drive
HIV Care & Disease Management  
Wilton Manors, FL 33305
954.745.6874

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This Wednesday 05-02-2012 the topic is

Hepatitis C

our Guest speaker is:

Dr. Dominic Riganotti

Hepatitis C

  1. What is Hepatitis C?  What is it that is infective?
  2. What are the numbers…how many people are infected?….lets talk
  3. How could I get Hep C?  What’s the sources of infection?
  4. Disease stats…what happens to infected people?  Does everyone get sick?
  5. Is it just one type of virus?  Are some worse than others?
  6. What are the symptoms I can watch out for if I get infected?
  7. Where does the virus go in my body after it infects me?
  8. What’s the worst that could happen?
  9. What’s the treatment?
  10. How long is the treatment?
  11. Will it cure me?
  12. Will it make any of my other problems worse?
Wilton Manors Center for Infectious Disease & Immunology
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Wilton Executive Suites
Infectious Diseases & Immunology
2312 Wilton Drive
HIV Care & Disease Management  
Wilton Manors, FL 33305
954.745.6874

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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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The East Side
Health Center

——————Men’s Clinic——————–
* Free Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) testing, screening, and treatment!
Syphillis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia
* Free vaccination for Hepatits A & B
* Free Confidential HIV and Hepatitis testing

Walk-in welcome or call: 954-298-1749
Tuesdays and Wednesdays – 4:30 to 7:00 PM
Fort Lauderdale Health Center
2421 SW 6th Avenue – Ft Lauderdale, FL 33315

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FDA NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: June 25, 2010
Media Inquiries: Erica Jefferson, 301-796-4988, erica.jefferson@fda.hhs.gov
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA

FDA Approves Rapid Test for Antibodies to Hepatitis C Virus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced approval of the first rapid blood test for antibodies to the hepatitis C virus (HCV) for individuals 15 years and older.

The OraQuick HCV Rapid Antibody Test is used to test individuals who are at risk for infection with HCV and people with signs or symptoms of hepatitis. HCV is transmitted through exposure to infected blood, which, for example, can occur during intravenous drug use. The virus can also be transferred from an infected mother to her child. Hepatitis C can lead to liver inflammation and dysfunction and, over time, to liver disease and liver cancer.

OraQuick is a test strip and does not require an instrument for diagnosis. It takes about 20 minutes to obtain results from the test.

“Approval of OraQuick means that more patients can be notified of their HCV infection faster so that they can consult with their physicians for appropriate health measures,” said Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “Getting faster treatment is an important public health step to control this dangerous disease.”

OraQuick is not approved for HCV screening of the general population.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 3.2 million people in the United States chronically infected with HCV and each year, about 17,000 people are newly infected. Chronic HCV infection is a leading reason for a liver transplants in the United States and HCV is associated with an estimated 12,000 deaths annually. Approximately 75 to 85 percent of people who become infected with the hepatitis C virus develop chronic infection.

OraQuick is manufactured by Bethlehem, Penn.-based OraSure Technologies Inc.

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After attending the Hepatitis class on Monday 09-27-2010, I learned some valuable information, I’d like to share with you.

People with HIV are at HIGH-RISK for Hepatitis, A, B and C. 30% of people with HIV are coinfected with Hep-C.

There are vaccinations available for Hepatitis-A and Hepatitis-B, but there is NO vaccination for Hepatitis-C.

Both Hep-A and Hep-B vaccinations have proven safe and effective and you can get them at the same time – it’s easy. Hepatitis-A requires 2 shots and Hepatitis-B requires 3 shots. You need to complete all the shots to become vaccinated, but it’s never too late too finish the series if you miss a shot.

Most health plans will pay for Hepatitis A and B vaccines for adults at high-risk. Both Gay men and HIV Positive people are high-risk. If you don’t have insurance or your insurance will not cover these vaccines, The Broward County Health Department will provide them for free. Just call the Hepatitis Hotline, tell them you are at high-risk and make an appointment, 954-759-5456.

I created a Tab for Hepatitis because I think this is something we need to address more in the HIV Positive Community and make ourselves aware of the risks.

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