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Vietnam vets blame 'jet guns' for their hepatitis C
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Congress outraged over hepatitis C treatment VA can't afford
Dr. Raymond Schinazi played a leading role developing a drug that cures hepatitis C while working seven-eighths of his time for the VA| By amynordrum

Hepatitis C drug costing VA, DoD millions
By Patricia Kime, Staff writer
We're looking at a company who is milking a cash cow for everything it's worth," Sanders said. 

VA to outsource care for 180,000 vets with hepatitis C
Dennis Wagner, The Arizona Republic 12:27 a.m. EDT June 21, 2015

VA to outsource care for 180,000 vets with hepatitis C
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Dr. David Ross, the VA's director public-health pathogens programs, resigned from the working group. "I cannot in good conscience continue to work on a plan for rationing care to veterans," he wrote.

VA Region Stops Referring Patients To Outside Hospitals Thanks To Budget Shortfall
Michael Volpe Contributor ...According to a memo — the entire region has been forced to stop all “non-VA care” referrals due to a budget shortfall.
Sen. Mark Kirk admitted the VA Choice Program is a failed joke in a letter to Secretary Bob McDonald despite attempts to fix it.

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Studies estimate that 70% of the US population has had some form of body modification done.  In the United States, however, there is no uniform regulations that oversee this expanding industry.  Each state regulates the body modification industry separately.

Largest Single Contributor To HCV Epidemic

    Scientist Say: "Commercial Tattooing as a Potentially Important Source of HCV Infection." 
    HALEY, ROBERT W., and R. PAUL FISCHER. Medicine 80.2 (March 2001): 134. 

      "Most importantly, we found that commercially acquired tattoos accounted for more than twice as many HCV infections as injection-drug use, "Haley said. "This means that it may have been the largest single contributor to the nationwide epidemic of this form of hepatitis."


Hepatitis C Acquired Through Tattooing Often Asymptomatic

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Jun 02 - People who become infected with the hepatitis C virus when getting a tattoo may be less likely to develop symptoms than people who become infected in other ways, according to Texas researchers.

In a small study, both people with tattoos and those with a history of injection-drug use were more likely than others to be infected with hepatitis C. But unlike subjects who had injected drugs, individuals who had a tattoo were less likely to develop acute hepatitis symptoms, such as jaundice, vomiting and fatigue.

According to Dr. Robert W. Haley, lead author of the study, a tattoo needle carries a smaller viral load than a standard hypodermic needle and it does not inject the virus directly into the bloodstream.

As a consequence, it takes longer for the virus to enter the bloodstream and make its way to the liver and cause symptoms, Dr. Haley, from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, told Reuters Health.

In the study, Dr. Haley and Dr. R. Paul Fischer, from Presbyterian Hospitals of Dallas, re-analyzed data collected in the early 1990s on 626 patients seeing a physician for back problems. Patients were asked about risk factors for hepatitis C, and were screened for the virus after the interview.

The findings are published in the May 12th issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Researchers found that those who had a tattoo had a 6.5-fold higher risk of testing positive for hepatitis C than other subjects. However, infected subjects with tattoos were not at increased risk for acute hepatitis symptoms compared with their peers without tattoos.

In contrast, people with a history of IV drug use were 7.2-times more likely to be infected with the hepatitis C virus than other subjects and 5.9-times more likely to have experienced acute hepatitis symptoms.

Arch Intern Med 2003;163:1095-1098.