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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.

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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
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One Vets' Journey Though Treatment

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Healthcare Provider to Patient HCV Disease

In 1991, the CDC published recommendations for preventing the transmission of HIV and HBV to patients during exposure-prone invasive procedures (5). They defined exposure-prone procedures as including digital palpation of a needle tip in a body cavity or the simultaneous presence of the HCW’s fingers and a needle or other sharp instrument or object in a poorly visualized or highly confined anatomical site and recommended that HCWs infected with HIV or HBV (and HBeAg positive) should not perform such procedures unless they sought counsel from an expert review panel. They also stipulated that infected HCWs who continued to perform exposure-prone procedures notify prospective patients. Mandatory testing of HCWs for BBPs was not recommended. No recommendations to restrict professional activity of HCV-infected HCWs currently exist in the United States (58).

2003 Guidelines for the Prevention of bloodborne pathogen Transmission from health care worker to Patient
Reference: Nosocomial transmission of bloodborne viruses from infected health care workers to patients

Table of Contents

1970 Army Basic Training Medical Handbook
1995 Detection of hepatitis C virus in dental surgeries.
1996 Cardiac Surgeon Risk
1996 Cardiac Surgeon Transmisson
1996 Open heart surgery
1998-2008 CDC Hepatitis C Review
1999 OSHA Preambles
2000 Gynecology Surgical
2000 Origins of HCV Epidemic
2001 FDA Jetgun Hearing
2003 CDC Guidelines
2003 Dangers of EMG Needles
2003 Global Burden Italy
2003 NIH Guidelines
2003 Warning Ignored by Surgeon
2004 CDC Report Finger Stick Device Lancets
2004 CDC Risk Factors
2004 Sexual transmission of (HCV) is rare
2004 The Hepatitis C Report
2004 VA Defines Hepatitis C Risk Factors
2005 CDC Mass-Casualty Events
2005 FDA Infection Control
2005 Gloves Transmits HCV Disease
2005 Hepatitis C and Dead Bodies
2005 Needleless Connectors Relationship
2005 USA Surgical Tissue Adhesive
2005 VA Surgical Clinics Investigation
2007-2009 Veterans Affairs Reuse Insulin Pens
2008 CDC Conference Call Unsafe Injection Pratices
2008 HCV via contaminated Surfaces
2008 VA Nevada Exposures
2009 GA Med Center Endoscopes
2009 VA- FL Endoscopes
2010 CDC Report- Mulitple Exposures
2010 HCVcc survives temperatures warrants precautions
2011 CDC Infection Checklist
2011 Finger Stick Device
2011 Risk Factors Included Age 45 and older
2011 VA HCV Prevalence VS Therapy
2011Hepatitis C testing practices .pdf
2012 CDC Information for Providers
2012 Healthcare providers should follow Standard Precautions
2013 Dried Hepatitis C Blood Exposure
2013 HCV transmitted by biopsy forceps
2014 AASLD Hepatitis C not an STD
2014 Hepatitis C Infection Among Vietnam Era
2015 VA and DoD More Accurate Prevalence
Hearing Transcript - House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
What Good Is EMG to the Patient