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May 2014 VA Hep C Treatment Guidelines
UPDATE: Feb 26, 2016-
Funding and Prioritization Status Update

UPDATE: March 2016
VA Hep C Treatment Guidelines
VA to treat all vets in system

By Judith Graham
VA Extends New Hepatitis C Drugs to All Veterans in Its Health System

Orange Count Registry
Vietnam vets blame 'jet guns' for their hepatitis C
By Lily Leung Feb. 14, 2016 
CBS News Investigates
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
, The Republic | 11:51 a.m. MST June 19, 2015
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.

Denied Hep C VA dental care?
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Dried Hepatitis C Blood Exposure 11/23/2013 Weeks later inconspicuous blood transmits virus and more likely to cause accidental exposures to Hep C

Lack of Standards for
Mass Vaccinations
1970 Jetgun Nursing Instructions

2014 AASLD Study Hepatitis C not an STD

Test the Rest Campaign
Documentation & Surveillance Alerts
Military Hepatitis History  
Understanding The Liver 
VA Flow Sheet for Cirrhosis
VA Defines Risk Factors
Hep C & Pro-Prebiotic
Need to know-Grassroots Research
Blog Another12Weeks
One Vets' Journey Though Treatment

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 What Would Veterans Do?
Blog for VA Claims

Help with VA Claims

Info: Plan Backfires-
VBA Fast Letter Boost Claims
Legal- Fed Regs state:
Judge decision may be relied upon
Cotant v. Principi, 17 Vet.App. 116, 134 (2003),
Service Connected Claims
# 1 Conclusion of Law 
# 2 Conclusion of Law 
More Claims
Jetgun Decisions
Hep C Decisions
Search Board of Appeals Website
BVA Jetgun Decisions
BVA Hepatitis C Decisions

Great Advice!  
After the jetgun win
What to do next


A study conducted on a predominately military population found that those infected with HCV were three times more likely to have a tattoo as their risk factor. It was standard for soldiers to get a tattoo of their command and most of time were pressured into it.

Dhalla S, et al
"Strong Association Between Tattoos and HCV Virus Infection: A Multicenter Study of 3,871 Patients" AASLD Meeting 2007; Abstract 136 presented Nov. 5.

Conclusion: "The HCV infected population (veterans) was 3 times more likely to have a tattoo."

Still today there's pressure from command on service members to tattoo current duty station/unit logo on their body.

Warning this picture is very graphic...
Body Modifications

Table of Contents

1843 -1987 History of Syringes
1920-87 Global Disaster Prediction
1939 Patent - Hypodermic Injector
1942 Seeff- Yellow Fever Vaccine
1948 Army Hepatitis Experiments
1950's Korean War Blood and Plasma
1960's Vietnam Blood and Plasma
1964-1975 Drug Use in Vietnam
1964-1975 Hepatitis C Drug Use in Vietnam Era Vets
1966 Patent-MedEJet injector
1969 DoD Experimental Funding
1969 Pharmaceutical Experiments some died in an extended series of drug tests and blood plasma experiments
1970 Army Basic Training Medical Handbook
1970 Jetgun Nursing Instructions
1970 Military Guidelines Manual for Jetgun use.
1970 NIH Warning
1974 FBI Knowledge
1977 Seeff- Discovery of Hepatitis C
1990 FDA Jetgun Autoclaves Recalled
1991 Seroconversion Testing for HCV after exposure
1992 Partitioning of hepatitis C virus unsafe
1992-2014 Jetgun Claims Granted Service Connection
1993 MMWR Contaminated Immunoglobulin Research
1994 CDC Jetgun Recommendations
1994 Hepatitis C Immunoglobulin Associated
1994-1998 Hepatitis C Veterans Federal Response
1995 Experiments with human volunteers from the military
1995 FDA/ORA Blood Compliance Guidance
1996 CDC Jetgun Advisory Committee
1996 FDA knew bad blood was shipped
1996 WHO Jetgun Warning
1997 DoD Jetgun Report
1997 WHO Jetgun Statement
1998 CDC Global Disaster OpED
1998-2008 CDC Hepatitis C Review
1999 DoD Jetgun Policy Chronology
1999 Federal Safety Needle Legislation
1999 Hepatitis C Survives
1999 Military military training bases during the late 1960s and 1970s
1999 OSHA Preambles
1999 Prevalence of Hepatitis C
1999 Vaccines in the Military- DoD Review of Policy
1999 WHO & CDC Global Injections
2000 CIA Global Infectious Disease Threat
2000 Origins of HCV Epidemic
2001 FDA Jetgun Hearing
2001 Jetguns Transmit Infection
2001 Policy Change Surgery
2001 Tattoo RiskFactor
2001 VBA Fast Letter Boost Hepatitis C Claims
2001-2009 Hepatitis C Transmission
2002 Blood Task Force lays Criminal Charges
2002 Small Pox Needles & Jet Injectors
2003 Aids Crisis & Dirty Needles
2003 CDC Guidelines
2003 Dangers of EMG Needles
2003 Jury sides with HCV victim
2003 NIH Guidelines
2003 Tainted Blood Class Action
2004 CDC Report Finger Stick Device Lancets
2004 CDC Risk Factors
2004 Ethnic and cultural determinants & multi risk
2004 Sexual transmission of (HCV) is rare
2004 The Hepatitis C Report
2004 Transfusions- Fatal Bacterial Infections
2004 VA Defines Hepatitis C Risk Factors
2005 CDC Mass-Casualty Events
2005 FDA Infection Control
2005 FDA Safety of Jetguns Advisory Meeting
2005 Global Burden Egypt
2005 Gloves Transmits HCV Disease
2005 Immunization to Protect the U.S. Armed Forces
2005 Needleless Connectors Relationship
2005 USA Surgical Tissue Adhesive
2007 Vaccine- Department of Defense (DoD) immunization program
2007-2009 Veterans Affairs Reuse Insulin Pens
2008 CDC Conference Call Unsafe Injection Pratices
2008 CDC Infection Control Requirements
2008 CDC- Jetguns (PCNIF) Fail Safety Test
2008 HCV via contaminated Surfaces
2008 Jet injectors & Bifurcated Needles
2008 NV State Investigation UPDATE
2008 USP Policy Change-Multiuse Vials
2008 VA Nevada Exposures
2008 VA OIG Healthcare Inspection
2008-2014Hepatitis C Outbreaks
2009 CDC Report- Hemodialysis Unit
2009 Congressional Probe - VA Clinics colonoscopies not properly sterilized
2009 GA Med Center Endoscopes
2009 GA VA Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic
2010 CDC Report- Mulitple Exposures
2010 HCV screening strategies
2010 HCVcc survives temperatures warrants precautions
2011 CDC Advisory Committee on Jetguns
2011 CDC Infection Checklist
2011 Risk Factors Included Age 45 and older
2011 VA HCV Prevalence VS Therapy
2011- CDC Vaccine Guidelines
2011Hepatitis C testing practices .pdf
2012 CDC Information for Providers
2012 CDC Report Sites Hospital
2012 Dental Transmission
2012 Exeter Hospital CMA Statement
2012 Healthcare providers should follow Standard Precautions
2012 Hepatitis C Virus Among Persons Born During 1945–1965
2012 Jet injection History and Applications
2013 Alternative vaccine delivery methods- Jetguns devices should not be used
2013 Concerns about body piercing
2013 Dried Hepatitis C Blood Exposure
2013 Reply Dr.Ross- VA-‘Treatment of Veterans"
2013 Reply to VA-‘Treatment of Veterans
2013 VA Health Services Research
2014 Hepatitis C by Airgun was related to active service
2014 Hepatitis C Infection Among Vietnam Era
2014 Preventing infection from the misuse of vials
2015 More Accurate Hepatitis C Prevalence
2015 VA and DoD More Accurate Prevalence
2016 VA Treatment Guidelines for Vets with Hepatitis C
Body Modifications & Tattoos
Hearing Transcript - House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Meeting Sen. Sullivan's Office- Jetgun injections
Nurse anesthetist has license revoked
Sen Sanders Tells VA Use Emergency Power Override Hep C Drug Patents