Opinion: Can we eliminate hepatitis? (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

Thursday is World Hepatitis Day, an occasion to celebrate the strides in treating and — lo and behold — curing those who suffer from hepatitis C.

With advancements in therapies, not only are we curing the disease, global elimination is now possible. On May 28, close to 200 member countries of the World Health Organization, including Canada, made a historic pledge to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030. If governments remain committed, we will witness one of the greatest current global public health threats eliminated in our lifetime.

A new study this year by the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and the CDC found peak infection for baby boomers occurred in those who were aged five in 1950, infected by inadequately sterilized needles used in health care settings. This data proved inaccurate earlier assumptions that those most at risk were ’60s-era young people who engaged in high-risk sex or drug use.

Daryl Luster reports

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