Eliminating Hepatitis C

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: Find out about how hepatitis C is being eliminated.
Air Date: 11/10/17
Duration: 25:50
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Gavin Cloherty, PhD
Dr. Gavin ClohertyGavin A. Cloherty, PhD, is Director of Infectious Disease Research, R&D for Abbott’s diagnostics business. He provides scientific leadership in the area of infectious disease diagnostics by conducting groundbreaking clinical studies on diverse hepatitis and HIV strains. As one of the top experts in the field, Dr. Gavin Cloherty’s innovative research is changing the way infectious diseases are being diagnosed.

Gavin has more than 17 years of experience with Abbott and leads a team of scientists in the study of HIV and Hepatitis strain diversity. His expertise is sought after globally through his established partnerships with commercial organizations, ministries of health and government agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He is currently working with the Republic of Georgia to help eradicate Hepatitis C in the country.

Gavin is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he received his PhD in molecular biology and a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and zoology.

Eliminating Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease that results from the hepatitis C virus. It is mostly transferred via contact with an infected person’s blood or fluids, much like HIV transmission.

There were about 30,000 cases of acute hepatitis C infections in the United States in 2014.

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) can result in cirrhosis or liver cancer. HCV is often undiagnosed until a major liver issue appears.

While HCV prevention is preferable, treatment is available. Medication tablets can take twelve weeks or less and have a high success rate in eliminating the virus. 

Screening and diagnosis are important for curing the disease. Viral load drops to zero in most patients who are treated. Treatment also prevents transmission.

Listen as Dr. Gavin Cloherty joins Dr. Susanne Bennett to share how to aid your liver and treat HCV.
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