We have the power to FixHepC, but the real question is... Do we have the willpower?
This was how Dr James Freeman ended his presentation at the World Hepatitis Summit in Brazil.
You can watch the full presentation on YouTube.
In essence, if we applied the same effort to HCV as we do to HIV this epidemic could be over within a single year. Currently, we treat 18 million patients with one year's supply of multiple antiviral drugs. That would translate to 72 million 3 month treatment courses - enough to treat every man woman and child with HCV.
We still have the enormous challenge of finding those patients in time, but we clearly have the funding capacity and the industrial capacity to get it done.
One year, that's all it would take.
The slides are attached below: