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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
September 12, 2017

Challenges in HCV Elimination

JAMA. 2017;318(10):899. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.11457

Early progress in a hepatitis C virus (HCV) elimination program launched 2 years ago in the Eurasian country of Georgia apparently has slowed, leading health officials to focus on improvements in screening and linkage to care.

The Georgia HCV Elimination Program, launched in 2015 with the CDC’s assistance, was the world’s first such countrywide initiative. Its elimination goal was defined as a 90% reduction in HCV prevalence by 2020. The program began with 4 treatment centers, all located in the capital city Tbilisi. By December 2016, 27 centers were operating throughout the country.