Updated Pathway to Micro-elimination of Hepatitis C Virus in the Hemodialysis Population

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Abstract

  • Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection continues to be transmitted to hemodialysis (HD) patients within HD facilities globally. The goal of the World Health Organization to micro-eliminate HCV infection from the HD population by the year 2030 is not on target to be achieved. Obstacles to eliminate HCV in HD settings remain daunting due to a complex system created by a confluence of guidelines, legislation, regulation, and economics. HCV prevalence remains high and seroconversion continues among the HD patient population globally as a result of the HD procedure. Preventive strategies that effectively prevent HCV transmission, treatment-as-prevention, and rapid referral to treatment balanced with kidney transplant candidacy should be added to the current universal precautions approach. A safer system must be designed before HCV transmission can be halted and eliminated from the HD population.
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    Author List

  • Rajasekaran A; Franco RA; Overton ET; McGuire BM; Towns GC; Locke JE; Sawinski DL; Bell EK
  • Start Page

  • 1788
  • End Page

  • 1798
  • Volume

  • 6
  • Issue

  • 7