Twenty-five years ago, the virus now widely known as hepatitis C was
discovered by researchers who applied the most advanced cloning
techniques to verify its existence.
Since then, hope for success
in the battle against this chronic, infectious, life-threatening disease
has never been higher than it is right now. Public-health officials
have united in urging those at risk for hepatitis C to be tested and
treated, resulting in many Americans now having easier access to
screening. Medicare recently announced that hepatitis C testing will be
provided as a no-cost preventive service in primary care. Breakthrough
drug treatments with high cure rates became available only last year,
with additional promising treatment options to be approved in the next
In short, tools to eradicate hepatitis C in the United States have arrived.