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SF working on ambitious plan to eliminate hepatitis C

One U.S. city works hard to eliminate infections from hepatitis C.

San Francisco is trying to become the first city in the nation to eliminate hepatitis C, rolling out an ambitious plan that would involve curing everyone who already has it and stopping further spread of the infectious disease, which can cause severe liver damage.

Just two or three years ago, the plan, called End Hep C SF, would have been impossible. But a new cure that is effective and relatively easy to take, combined with growing enthusiasm for programs to increase access to health care, has doctors and public health officials convinced that they can wipe out the virus over the next decade.

“Ten years ago, I wouldn’t have thought we’d be at a point where we were talking about elimination — where you could say that without someone laughing,” said Emalie Huriaux, who directs federal and state affairs for Project Inform, an advocacy organization in San Francisco, and chairs the California Hepatitis Alliance. “It’s going to be a heavy lift. But it’s really exciting. I hope this will become a model for other parts of the country.”

Read full article: SF working on ambitious plan to eliminate hepatitis C – San Francisco Chronicle

Read Full Article: SF working on ambitious plan to eliminate hepatitis C – San Francisco Chronicle

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