VA marks 100,000 veterans cured of Hepatitis C

Elizabeth Howe
August 06, 2019 - 11:17 am

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In honor of World Hepatitis Day on July 28, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that they have cured 100,000 veterans of Hepatitis C — making VA the global leader in the diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C virus infection (HCV).

Until recently, the medication available to treat HCV only resulted in a 35 percent cure rate. In early 2014, when the FDA approved a new treatment program, VA adopted those medications within days. 

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The VA implemented an aggressive program to outreach, test, and treat all veterans interested in treatment. At the end of 2018, almost 85% of Veterans at increased risk for HCV had been tested, compared to 50% for the general U.S. population. At its highest rate, VA was starting treatment for 2,000 veterans a week. Less than 25,000 veterans in VA care remain to be treated. 

“These efforts have been nothing short of life-saving for tens of thousands of Veterans, and that’s precisely why VA has made diagnosing, treating and curing hepatitis C virus infection such a priority,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.

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