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Making Sense of Hepatitis C Research

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Course Description:

Hepatitis C is the most common blood-borne virus in the United States (www.cdc.gov). More than 4 million Americans have been infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) at some time in the past, and about 2.7 to 3.9 million have not recovered and have chronic infection. Although HCV has been around a long time, knowledge about it is relatively new. . . . Treatment for chronic HCV infection is a fairly new development. Therapy for chronic hepatitis C became available in 1991, with the Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) approval of interferon-alfa. This is a genetically engineered synthetic interferon designed to mimic the body’s natural interferon. Another advance in HCV treatment occurred in the late 1990s with the addition of ribavirin (RBV) to interferon. Although not fully understood, ribavirin weakens HCV, making it harder to multiply. A significant HCV treatment advance occurred in 2001 with the approval of pegylated interferon (PEG). Pegylation is a process that stabilizes the interferon, making it more effective. Now there are HCV direct-acting antiviral (DAAs) medications with and without ribavirin that can cure up to 90 to 100 of most people with hepatitis C who take the medications. These medical advances are only the beginning. Our understanding of HCV, and how to treat it, is growing rapidly. New therapies and variations using existing medications have raised the level of hope for the future for millions of people worldwide.

This course is based upon material published in the Hepatitis C Support project and is available as an open-access article. This course on Hepatitis C is designed for social workers, professional counselors, psychologists, nurses, and substance abuse counselors, who do clinical work. This course is appropriate for beginning and intermediate level practitioners who wish to develop their understanding of Hepatitis C.

Authors: Hepatitis C Support project

Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding Hepatitis C. Specifically, a professional will:

  • Describe the history of HCV
  • Describe how to read research articles
  • Identify treatment options for HCV

Citation: Hepatitis C Support Project, (2015). Making Sense of Hepatitis C Research.

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