Hepatitis B and C can be wiped out in the U.S. by 2030. Here’s how | Melissa Healy — 5 Comments

  1. Possibly I am missing something. Studies show ,as well as in clinical practice that approx.90-95% of patients treated will be cured if undergoing therapy.
    If there is approx 200 million in the world infected,even if everyone(which could not happen) was treated that would leave between 10 and 20 million still infected after unsuccesful treatment.
    Until there is a guarentted cure of a 100%,unfortunately this disease may be around for a very long time still.
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    • You’re right there is no 100% cure rate but people can be retreated again and this can reach up to 100% eventually. Alan

  2. Hmmm…Well maybe they can be treated again Alan or possibly like myself they have an Ns5a resistance profie from the first treatmeant (like myself) with linked mutations that are very difficult to eradicate even with the newer treatment that may be on the market soon.
    My point was that even before these new treatments have been approved and the exact efficacy of different mutations they need to eradicate the authors are talking about completely being able to erradicate HCV.
    Poosibly a liitle hasty in prognosis. I ceratainly hope they are correct.

    • Hi Rod, I certainly hope (as I’m sure you do) and believe that in the very near future that they be able to overcome any problems of resistant variants. However, I think that while it is a noble goal to eliminate hepatitis C other issues will make it even more difficult such as the costs of the medications and a vaccine to prevent hepatitis C.