Only 10 Percent With Chronic Hepatitis C Complete Successful Treatment

July 7, 2014

Researchers at Penn Medicine have identified significant gaps in care for individuals with hepatitis C infection in the United States, reports Infectious Disease News and News@JAMA. In the largest study of its kind, the team, including Baligh Yehia, MD, MPP, MSHP, an assistant professor in the division of Infectious Diseases, and Vincent Lo Re III, MD, MSCE, assistant professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, found that less than 10 percent of people infected with hepatitis C—330,000 of nearly 3.5 million people —were cured with antiviral hepatitis C treatment. The researchers also found that only 50 percent of people were diagnosed and aware of their infection and only 16 percent were prescribed treatment.

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