Fact Sheet: WHO Guidelines for the Screening, Care, and Treatment of Persons with Hepatitis C Infection

Published Wednesday, January 9, 2019

In July 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) updated its guidelines on care and treatment of hepatitis C virus infection, which are aimed at helping policy makers and healthcare providers in low- and middle-income countries establish screening, care, and treatment programs. While the 2017 recommendations on laboratory testing remain unchanged, this updated version provides evidence-based recommendations for treating hepatitis C virus using only direct-acting antivirals (DAAs). The guidelines can be used by civil society, community organizations, and patient groups to advocate for access to testing, diagnostics, and treatment of hepatitis C. This fact sheet summarizes the major recommendations.

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