Hepatitis C

Worldwide it is estimated that 130-150 million people are chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and that 350,000-500,000 people die each year from HCV-related liver diseases, including hepatocellular carcinoma.

HCV is a blood-borne virus transmitted through direct contact with the blood of an infected person. Because HIV and HCV share common routes of transmission, it is estimated that 4-5 million people are co-infected with these viruses. HCV is a leading cause of chronic liver disease, and HCV-associated liver disease, including end-stage liver disease, is accelerated in HIV co-infected individuals.

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