Drugs Can Now Cure Almost all Cases of Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C, or HCV (often called simply hep C), kills 350,000 people every year. Most deaths are caused by cirrhosis (irreversible and catastrophic scarring of the liver) and liver cancer. HCV affects an estimated 130 to 170 million people around the world. There is no vaccine yet that will protect against the acquisition of hep C, but new drugs have been developed that provide a cure for most cases. In the past, the standard treatment for chronic hepatitis C was an antiviral therapy that combined a pegylated interferon and ribavirin,…

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