Purpose of Review The goal is to describe the epidemiology, disease burden and detection, available therapies, and current challenges to access care for people with chronic hepatitis C infection in Colombia. Recent Findings There are no detailed statistics about the prevalence of HCV in Colombia; nonetheless, majority of patients with hepatitis C are infected with genotype 1 and having received blood products before 1996 represents the main risk factor. The use of intravenous drugs has started to be recognized as a population at risk that is in increment. Direct-acting antivirals became available in 2016 in Colombia thanks to a centralized purchase program with the Pan American Health Organization. Summary There are well-established guidelines for the use of available antivirals for all disease stages and genotypes and sustained virologic response (SVR) rates are 95 to 100%. Underdiagnosis, access and linkage to care, and disease stigmatization have contributed to a low number of patients that have actually completed their therapy. . . . . . Keywords Hepatitis C HCV Colombia South America Direct-acting antiviral DAA Introduction 22% since 2000. These deaths have been related to chronic complications such as cirrhosis (± 280,000 deaths) and hepa- Worldwide, the amount of annual deaths
Current Tropical Medicine Reports – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 4, 2018
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