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80% of 30 000 patients with hepatitis C in the Santos lowlands do not know the disease

If left untreated, can hardly lead to liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. Campaign will try to detect infected in Santos

 
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The Ministry of Health show that approximately 1.5 million Brazilians are infected by hepatitis C, which is responsible for 70% of chronic hepatitis, 40% of cases of cirrhosis and 60% of primary liver cancers. Only in the Santos lowlands is estimated that the number of HCV infection (the virus that causes disease) is 30 thousand people, but 80% did not know their status because they never took the test for detection of the disease.

This is worrisome because it is a serious chronic disease that progresses slowly and silently. Infection to the phase of cirrhosis may take 20 to 30 years on average, no symptom. Therefore, people from the age of 40 need to be diagnosed because they are most likely to have also the complications of hepatitis C, Vidal warns Elson, hepatologist and one of the coordinators of the Campaign to Free Detection of Hepatitis C to be held from 27-31 August, the House of Hepatitis Santos.

Unlike AIDS, hepatitis C is curable. And the chances of cure increased with the introduction of protease inhibitors (PIs) to SUS. Hence, the importance of campaigns such as that we emphasizes the expert.

He points out that the first results of studies with the use of triple therapy, consisting of the combination of interferon and ribavirin peguilade (standard therapy) with boceprevir (one of IPs incorporated into the SUS) show that the new treatment increases up to 80 % chance of cure of patients with genotype 1, including cirrhosis.

During the year one thousand will be available rapid tests for detection, as well as brochures with guidelines on hepatitis C. In case of a positive diagnosis, the person will be referred for medical care.

According to research conducted by Datafolha and recently released by the Brazilian Society of Hepatology (SBH) more than half of Brazilians living in metropolitan areas (55%) are aged 35 to 60 years, and the level of knowledge about hepatitis C between them declines with age, particularly among older, from 60 years.

Source: Isaude.net
   Palavras-chave:   Hepatitis C    Santos lowlands    Chronic hepatitis    HCV    Detection of the disease   
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