Free hepatitis C drugs will arrive in the regions of Ukraine

A batch of drugs for the treatment of patients with viral hepatitis С will arrive in the regions of Ukraine. Thanks to the supply of drugs, treatment will be possible for more than 18,000 patients with viral hepatitis C, according to information of the Center for Public Health of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

Purchased drugs are the latest direct-acting drugs that meet the recommendations of the WHO and the European Association for the Study of Liver Diseases for the treatment of hepatitis C. In particular, sofosbuvir / daclatasvir and sofosbuvir / velpatasvir are universal because they are effective against all C. The innovativeness of the course allows you to take the tablets for 3 or 6 months and does not require additional procedures, including the injection of drugs. Treatment is carried out by a single daily dose of drugs. Thanks to the combined approach, new drugs are much more effective, safer, the body responds more quickly to therapy, so treatment is much faster and more effective. For the treatment of viral hepatitis C, highly effective drugs are used, which have a low probability of side effects, in contrast to the drugs of the previous generation.

The effectiveness of the treatment is proven and reaches more than 90%.

Note that patients with viral hepatitis C, regardless of the stage of liver damage, can be completely cured. The earlier treatment is started, the higher the chances of recovery.

A round table on the specifics of providing services to HIV-infected servicemen took place in Kyiv

On September 23, a round table was held on the topic: "Peculiarities of providing a package of services to HIV-infected servicemen during the COVID-19 pandemic"

The event was organized by the International NGO "International Institute of HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis". Representatives of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, the Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, non-governmental organizations working in the field of HIV / AIDS, etc. took part in the discussion.

During the round table, was discussed the status of providing a package of services to servicemen with HIV / AIDS during the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization of HIV index testing and the procedure of cooperation between medical units of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine on a patient-centered basis. Each of the participants shared their experience of working in a pandemic.

Thus, Tetyana Krasnopolska, a doctor-methodologist of the Department for Coordination of the Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, analyzed national recommendations for providing a package of services to HIV-infected people, as well as organizing HIV prevention and testing during the epidemic COVID -19. In turn, Svitlana Yesypenko, director of the Odessa Regional Center for Socially Significant Diseases, spoke about the organization of index testing for HIV partners of HIV-infected people in the Odessa region, in particular, among servicemen and noted the effectiveness of the approach chosen by the organization. Daria Dobroshtan, Officer of the Epidemiological Department of the Sanitary and Epidemiological Department of the Armed Forces Command, shared her experience in using EpiInfo software in the epidemiological surveillance system in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and its successful involvement in further analysis of HIV / AIDS data. 

As a result of cooperation and effective communication during the round table, a plan of priority measures to combat the spread of HIV, tuberculosis and viral hepatitis B and C among servicemen was formed and approved. Adherence to this plan will help reduce the risk of infection among certain groups, including servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

A mobile clinic for HIV-positive children has been launched in Lviv region

A mobile clinic for HIV-positive children has been launched in Lviv region. This is the first social collaboration in Ukraine, when the online car service is used instead of buying cars. The main goal of mobile clinics is to be closer to children with HIV-positive status who need the attention of doctors and social workers.

A mobile clinic is a car with portable diagnostic equipment. As well as a medical team - a pediatrician or infectious disease specialist, a nurse, a social worker and a doctor. Their task is to provide medical care to HIV-positive children, as well as to HIV-infected pregnant women in the most remote regions of our country. There live people who for months and sometimes years can not get to the doctors on their own. They cannot receive a primary diagnosis, donate blood for testing, receive prescriptions and advice on the treatment needed for HIV-positive and AIDS patients.

According to the director of the Lviv Regional Center for Public Health Maryana Sluzhynska, the project is extremely important, because now it is possible to provide targeted medical, social and psychological assistance to children who need it.

For the first time in history, the process of death of a cell infected with tuberculosis was filmed

A group of researchers from the Norwegian University of Natural and Technical Sciences (NTNU) first filmed the infection killing cells and spreading through the body.

Norwegian experts filmed the infected cells for 24 hours and saw how it die. Bacteria begin to multiply rapidly and rupture cells from within, and then spread throughout the body, causing inflammation that damages the lung tissue. The person begins to cough and thus spreads the infection.

"Bacteria work in two modes: in one they divide and multiply, hiding inside the cell in which they live, in the other - they break out and infect healthy tissues," says Professor Helen Flo of the Center for Molecular Research in Inflammation NTNU.

In addition, it turned out that the tubercle bacillus can live a long time in the body, deceiving the immune system: it hides inside macrophages, which, in fact, just have to find and destroy it. Scientists believe that their discovery will help create a new type of treatment.

"It could control cell's death and tissue damage caused by bacteria. In combination with antibiotics, this method would be extremely effective," says Flo.

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