Collaboration Among Georgia Tech, Mass. General, Emory Researchers to Focus on Elimination of Hepatitis C
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.