Welcome to our new site!
We are happy to announce the launch of our new site to empower the public and the health care workforce in screening, managing, and treating HCV. It is estimated that 3 to 5 million people in the US have HCV. Nearly half of these people don’t know they are infected. 75% of the infected population is made up of people born 1945 – 1965 (baby boomers). If left untreated HCV can cause liver scarring, cirrhosis, liver cancer, and death. In fact, it is a leading cause of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), a form of liver cancer that is very dangerous and very difficult to treat.
There is no vaccine for hepatitis C and it is not typically tested for in normal lab work. However, there are very effective treatment options that can cure patients in 8-12 weeks with daily medication. Patients who want to be sure they are uninfected should ask their primary care doctor for the hepatitis C screen (or HCV Antibody).
We established this website as part of our program plans to Screen, Treat, Or, Prevent Hepatocellular Carcinoma and HCV (STOP HCC-HCV) by educating the public and helping primary care doctors learn to treat this infection. To do this we offer educational resources to the public as well as practical resources for professionals who are interested in screening, managing, and treating HCV.