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Further Information

March 2009

Web links and resources

Web links and resources for further information on hepatitis C or HIV and hepatitis C coinfection.

Links correct May 2007.

HIV and hepatitis C organisations and websites

HIV i-Base
HIV i-Base is a treatment activist, advocacy and education organisation based in London set up in April 2000 by HIV-positive advocates. Treatment information phoneline 0808 800 6013 Mon-Wed 12-4pm. i-Base publish non-technical treatment guides and a monthly bulletin for doctors, all of which are available free in print, and online. Personalised treatment Q & A service.

Hepatitis C Trust
Hepatitis C Trust a national UK charity set up in June 2001 by people with HCV. Helpline 0870 200 1 200 Mon-Fri 12-6pm (Thu 7pm) Calls charged at national rate. It provides support, information and representation for people with hepatitis C. It is also committed to raising awareness and lowering the stigma. The information on HCV is carefully written using non-technical language that can support many aspects of the HCV side of coinfection.

Treatment Action Group
Treatment Action Group (TAG) is an HIV/hepatitis C/TB activist group based in New York that reports new data on the epidemiology and natural history of HIV/HCV coinfection and the development of new treatments. TAG works with drug companies, government agencies, researchers and other treatment activists. It also educates members of the HIV community about coinfection with HIV and hepatitis C.

TAG pipeline report: review of new research

Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League
Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AVIL) is a peer-based organisation that provides information on safer injection living with HIV, hepatitis C and coinfection, and drug interactions.

Hepatitis C Harm Reduction Project
Hepatitis C Harm Reduction Project is a resource for drug users from the Harm Reduction Coalition.

Hepatitis C Advocate
Hepatitis C Advocate -- information from the Hepatitis C Support Project (HCSP), a non-profit organisation founded in 1997 by HCV-positive individuals. HCSP provides information (such as fact sheets and conference updates) support, and advocacy to all communities affected by hepatitis C and HIV/HCV coinfection.

NATAP publish a 40-page HIV/HCV coinfection handbook (last edition Summer 2005) and other publications that use non-technical language to cover detailed information on most important aspects of coinfection.

NATAP is a treatment information and advocacy project that provides wide coverage of news about HIV, HCV, HBV, including coinfection and other related issues. The website and email lists includes postings of conference presentations and full journal articles that are of public interest but require journal subscription.

NATAP HIV/HCV coinfection handbook PDF

HIV and Hepatitis
HIV and Hepatitis is a medical website that includes research reports on viral hepatitis, particularly relating to HIV coinfection.

British HIV Association
British HIV Association (BHIVA) is the HIV medical association in the UK and publishes a range of important online guidelines, including for treatment of coinfection with HIV and hepatitis.

Hepatitis C coinfection guidelines (2004)

Hepatitis B coinfection guidelines (2004)

HIV treatment guidelines (2006)

British Liver Trust
British Liver Trust website has useful resources and information on hepatitis, including lists of specialist liver centres and transplant units, but which does not deal with coinfection.

UK liver units

UK liver transplant centres

University of Liverpool
Therapetic drug monitoring and drug interactions
Therapeutic drug monitoring is a blood test that checks blood levels of a protease inhibitors, NNRTIs, and possibly T-20. Check drug interactions between HIV medication and other drugs, including recreational drugs.

Medical conferences

Most of the main HIV conferences also include presentations and research relating to HCV/HIV coinfection. Hepatitis conferences tend to be less focused on coinfection. Many HIV organisations cover reports from these meetings including:

Ask the experts and other online advice

Many websites have an "ask the expert" facility, online chat, or offer advice by email:

Drug interactions

Some recreational drugs may have interactions with HIV drugs:

Drug and alcohol support

Drug support

National Drugs Helpline 0800 776600 (24 hrs)

Narcotics Anonymous 0845 3733366 (24 hrs)

Cocaine Anonymous 0800 6120225 (10am- 10pm)

Drugscope 0870 7743 682 (10am -- 1pm, Mon- Fri)

Alcohol support

Alcoholics Anonymous AA phoneline 0845 769 7555 (10am-10pm, everyday).

Alcohol Concern can provide a wide range of information and advice. 0207 395 4000.

Drinkline national helpline. 0800 917 8282 (24 hour service)

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This article was provided by HIV i-Base. It is a part of the publication Hepatitis C for People Living With HIV. Visit HIV i-Base's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.