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Changing strategies for hepatitis C testing.
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PMID:  23322655     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Recent approvals of direct-acting, orally delivered pharmaceuticals for the treatment of patients with infection by HCV and of a point-of-care assay for community screening of HCV infection have generated impetus to widen the identification of HCV-infected individuals. Diagnosis of HCV infection is, however, still based on the detection of anti-HCV immunoglobulin G. As treatment is intended for individuals with current infection, testing for evidence of infection would need to centre on the detection of HCV viraemia. Minimizing the complexity and costs associated with HCV nucleic acid testing and speeding the development and validation of HCV antigen assays expedite the identification of HCV-viraemic individuals. Establishing means to diagnose recent HCV infection and to engage in surveillance of drug-resistant HCV are also apposite. Successful implementation of these various measures brightens prospects for the eventual elimination of HCV.
Chong Gee Teo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Editorial     Date:  2012-12-07
Journal Detail:
Title:  Antiviral therapy     Volume:  17     ISSN:  2040-2058     ISO Abbreviation:  Antivir. Ther. (Lond.)     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9815705     Medline TA:  Antivir Ther     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1391-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Viral Hepatitis, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA.
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