Elimination, Europe’s hepatitis C goal, requires testing

This year’s World Health Organization policy summit on hepatitis C announced the first Hepatitis C European Elimination Manifesto. The manifesto, launched in February, makes elimination of hep C in Europe a public health priority.

Just a few years ago elimination of the disease, anywhere, seemed impossible. But the development of quick-working direct-acting antivirals has changed the landscape for researchers and for people with hepatitis C. Now virtually everyone can be cured.

The World Hepatitis Alliance’s strategic plan for 2016-17 cites that close to seven out of ten people with hep C didn’t even know what HCV was before they were diagnosed. Presumably, once diagnosed almost everyone learns quickly.

But first, they have to be tested.

 

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