Guidelines for the screening, care and treatment of persons with hepatitis C infection.
According to recent estimates, more than 185 million people around the world have been infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). One third of those who become chronically infected are predicted to develop liver cirrhosis or hepatocellular carcinoma. Despite the high prevalence of disease, most people infected with the virus are unaware of their infection. For many who have been diagnosed, treatment remains unavailable. Treatment is successful in the majority of persons treated, and treatment success rates among patients treated in low- and middle-income countries are similar to those in high-income countries.