Hepatitis C virus infection is a global health problem affecting two to four million people in the United States and 71 million people worldwide. Hepatitis C causes more deaths in the United States than 60 other infectious diseases combined, including human immunodeficiency virus and tuberculosis.

With the recent availability of new antiviral drugs, individuals with hepatitis C can achieve cure of their disease. Several organizations, including the National Academy of Medicine and the World Health Organization, are considering the possibility of hepatitis C elimination as a public health threat, but several barriers exist. These include lack of effective screening policies, exorbitant costs associated with scaling-up screening and treatment to a large portion of the population, and the rising incidence of hepatitis C, especially among young people who inject drugs.

Link to full Georgia Tech release about team including MGH investigator Jagpreet Chhatwal.