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Newer tests for hepatitis C virus could transform screening

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 21 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3420
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Several newer tests for hepatitis C virus are highly sensitive and specific and could transform the current two test screening process into a single test, a systematic review has concluded.1

The review, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, will inform an upcoming World Health Organization guideline on hepatitis C screening. As many as 150 million people are infected with chronic hepatitis C virus, and around three quarters of these are in low and middle income countries.

Currently, diagnosing hepatitis C virus is a two step process that starts …

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