Hepatitis C Not a Life Sentence, So Act Early: Doctor
April 22, 2009
The earlier the treatment of patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) -- before significant liver damage occurs -- the better the outcome, according to results from an international study.
Patients with less-resistant HCV genotypes 2 or 3 have a cure rate of up to 80 percent after six months of treatment, Harley said. But just 2 percent of Australians with HCV infection seek treatment.
"Despite our best efforts over 10, 20 years, the message is still not through to everybody who is infected with this," Harley said. "There are still people out there who think hepatitis C is a sentence but it's not, it's an illness that is treatable. At the end of the day, we're hoping these people are going to come forward now, that we'll get to see them early in the clinical course of their disease with the prospect that our treatment is going to be more successful."
Australian Associated Press
04.22.2009; Danny Rose
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.