Perspectives: Rapid Hep C Testing
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the most common chronic blood-borne infection in the United States. Approximately 3.2 million Americans, including an estimated half million people in California, are living with chronic hepatitis C infection. Chronic HCV infection can lead to liver disease, liver cancer, and cirrhosis, the need for a liver transplant, and death. In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that, “Although drug therapy has extended the life expectancy of people with HIV, liver disease—much of which is related to HCV and HBV [the hepatitis B virus]—has become the leading cause of non-AIDS-related deaths.” This issue of Perspectives Supplement examines all aspects of Rapid Hepatitis C Testing by HIV Test Counselors.