The Urgent Need to Implement Point-of-Care RNA Testing for Hepatitis C Virus to Support Elimination

Shashi N. Kapadia, Ashly E. Jordan, Benjamin J. Eckhardt, David C. Perlman

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Abstract

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) elimination is an important global public health goal. However, the United States is not on track to meet the World Health Organization's 2030 targets for HCV elimination. Recently, the White House proposed an HCV elimination plan that includes point-of-care (POC) HCV RNA testing, which is currently in use in many countries but is not approved in the United States. POC HCV RNA testing is crucial for implementing community-based testing and for enabling test-and-treat programs, assessing cure, and monitoring for reinfection. Here, we review the status of POC HCV RNA testing in the United States, discuss factors that are needed for successful implementation, and issue specific public health and policy recommendations that would allow for the use of POC HCV RNA testing to support HCV elimination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1235-1239
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume78
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 May 2024

Keywords

  • hepatitis C
  • laboratory testing
  • molecular diagnostics
  • point-of-care testing

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