Simplification of testing and treatment in the quest to eliminate hepatitis C infection
Globally, 71 million people are living with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, but the burden of HCV continues to increase. Between 2015 and 2030, WHO targets include reducing new HCV infections by 80% and HCV deaths by 65%, and increasing HCV diagnoses from <20% to 90% and the number of eligible persons receiving HCV treatment from <10% to 80%. To achieve these targets, targeted interventions are needed to enhance HCV testing, linkage to care, and treatment (“the HCV care cascade”). This presentation reviews available evidence on strategies that have been successfully used to enhance HCV testing, linkage to care.