The Hepatitis C Coalition is a group of leading clinicians, patient organisations and other interested parties committed to the reduction of morbidity and mortality resulting from hepatitis C, and the eventual elimination of the virus.
Some 214,000 people in the UK are thought to be living with chronic HCV. Many of these do not know that they have the virus and at present only 4% of those chronically infected receive treatment each year – an unacceptably low number.
Yet with the right diagnosis and treatment, HCV is curable, thanks to new therapies that are now available. Research from the London Joint Working Group on Substance Use & Hepatitis C (LJWG) found it was cheaper to treat chronic hepatitis C virus (CHCV) than to allow the disease to progress, and that treating just 10% of those people with HCV could save £200 million in London alone.
- Antenatal screening to all pregnant women early in pregnancy and, where relevant, to fathers-to-be. The aim is to identify couples at risk of having a child with a condition so that they can make informed choices.
- Newborn screening to all babies. This identifies all babies with sickle cell disease so they can receive prompt and potentially life-saving treatment. It also identifies genetic carriers of sickle cell disease.
- SCD & thalassaemia (SCT) screening programme
- NHS Population screening programmes
- Updated SCD and thalassaemia screening
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