Hepatitis C elimination: a Public Health Perspective

AbstractPurpose of reviewHepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a principal cause of morbidity, mortality, and economic burden, and the global elimination of HCV is now considered a public health objective. Globally, an estimated 71 million have chronic HCV infection with an estimated annual mortality of 3,99,000.Recent findingsThe 69th World health Assembly has endorsed the global HCV elimination strategy by 2030, which is made possible because of all oral, cost-effective, efficacious, generic direct-acting antivirals. The public health strategy targets not only diagnosed chronic hepatitis C patients but also asymptomatic undiagnosed HCV-infected individuals, persons living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), post-transplant, thallasemia, persons who inject drugs, and the pediatric population.SummaryMobilization of state-sponsored HCV elimination programs in a global coalition against HCV has taken root in Egypt, India, Georgia, Mongolia, China, Australia, and Brazil. This review summarizes current HCV elimination initiatives in terms of medical progress, barriers to HCV elimination, and current gaps in knowledge and social outreach from the public health perspective.
Source: Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology - Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: research

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Source: Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology - Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
Previous studies suggest that direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) for treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection permits transplantation of HCV-viremic donor organs in uninfected recipients. This opportunity may expand donor pool. We assessed the impact of utilizing HCV nucleic acid test-positive (NAT+) donor hearts on heart transplant (HTx) waitlist time and transplant rate.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: Original Clinical Science Source Type: research
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Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: Original Clinical Science Source Type: research
i RSB Abstract Recurrent hepatitis C (HCV) after liver transplantation (LT) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality. Antiviral treatment is recommended to avoid unfavorable outcomes. Direct-acting antivirals (DAA) have transformed HCV treatment, with higher efficacy and fewer side-effects than interferon-based therapies traditionally used. To evaluate DAA treatment outcomes at a Brazilian transplant unit, data of patients who finished HCV treatment at the Liver Transplant Unit of the University of Campinas were analyzed. Treatment consisted of sofosbuvir, daclatasvir, and ribavirin, for 12 or 24 weeks, ac...
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Source: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Korean J Anesthesiol Source Type: research
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Source: American Journal of Nephrology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Tags: Am J Nephrol Source Type: research
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Source: European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Original Articles: Hepatology Source Type: research
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Source: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
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