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The VA has cured HCV in nearly 100,000 veterans, which will dramatically reduce the development of advanced liver disease and liver cancer.
The U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs announced they are “on track to eliminate the hepatitis C in all Veterans willing and able to be treated.
A study of veterans also found, as other studies have, that treating the virus helps mitigate the risk of cardiovascular disease.
This is according to an analysis of a large group of veterans.
Although the program was small, researchers are encouraged by the high success rate in reaching this vulnerable population.
More than 125,000 veterans will have received lifesaving cures by October 2018.
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The agency will have treated more than 125,000 veterans since it started offering next-generation treatments in 2014.
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The number of veterans treated for HCV by the Veterans Health Administration (VA) surged along with cure rates.
As of December 2016, 75 percent of VA’s patients born between 1945 and 1965, (a group shown to have higher rates of Hep C) had been tested.
Real-world data showed Merck’s hep C regimen performed well among a population with genotypes 1 or 4 and multiple other health conditions.
The prevalence of each virus is up to three times higher among homeless versus non-homeless veterans.
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