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Industry Voices—We have the technology to eliminate hepatitis. First step: Testing.

November 19, 2018 / Gavin Cloherty

It's no secret that malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV are among the deadliest maladies on the planet. But there's another condition that exacts an even larger death toll and yet receives far less attention. That condition is viral hepatitis, which claims 1.5 million lives a year. Most people who are infected don't even know it. Fortunately, our understanding of viral hepatitis—especially that caused by the hepatitis C virus—has advanced greatly in recent years. In many cases, we can treat and even cure hepatitis. But we can't deploy these new treatments and cures unless we identify those who are infected. That will require public health leaders to scale up their screening efforts and embrace new diagnostic tools.