—Alan Franciscus, Editor-in-Chief
A study was recently released that reviewed data from the National
Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys from 2003 to 2010 to
understand the percentage of people with hepatitis C (HCV) aged 40 yo
or older who were initially infected (HCV antibody positive) and who
subsequently became HCV undetectable (resolved) compared to those who
continued to test for HCV RNA (chronic). It was found that 75.3% of
the people who tested HCV antibody positive did not resolve the initial
An important finding of the study was that 91.1% of non-Hispanic Blacks did not resolve acute infection compared to non-Hispanic Whites.
One of the most alarming findings of this study
was that in people who had abnormal liver enzymes—alanine
aminotransferase—ALT (56.5 %) and aspartate aminotransferase—AST
(71.8 %)—only 35.3% had been diagnosed. As usual, more education is
needed among medical providers and patients.
Racial Disparities in the Proportion of Current, Unresolved Hepatitis C Virus Infections in the United States, 2003-2010.
Liu G1, Holmberg SD, Kamili S, Xu F.
Dig Dis Sci. 2014 Feb 27. [Epub ahead of print]