November 11, 2016

Hepatitis C: Six Genotypes and Six Separate Challenges

Did you know that treating hepatitis C depends on a number of factors, including the type of hepatitis C that you have?
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Hepatitis C viral infection is a global health problem, with more than 160 million individuals infected worldwide. Left untreated, hepatitis C may develop into a liver disease called chronic hepatitis, which can cause damage to the liver silently over time. But did you know that treating hepatitis C depends on a number of factors, including the type of hepatitis C that you have?   

 

The prevalence of these six types of hepatitis C – called genotypes – differ around the world and present unique challenges. 

 

Here’s a quick snapshot of the six different genotypes and their prevalence. The specific genotypes and unique challenges will be discussed during The Liver Meeting 2016, hosted by the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD), Nov. 11-15, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.




 

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