The World Health Organization estimated that during 2019, 58 million people worldwide were living with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) which causes inflammation of the liver.  All types of hepatitis can be controlled or prevented. There is a cure for Hepatitis C; however, HCV infection is often undiagnosed because it remains asymptomatic until symptoms appear that are related to serious liver damage, a complication of the infection. 

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About Our Speaker:

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Dr. Bijal Parikh

Medical Director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory and Assistant Professor of Pathology & Immunology at Washington University

St. Louis, MO

Dr. Bijal Parikh is the Medical Director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory and Assistant Professor of Pathology & Immunology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. 

He is the author of numerous publications with his clinical research centered on aspects of laboratory testing involving viral, immunologic, and molecular diagnostics, with a specific focus on the implementation of next-generation sequencing approaches.  Recently, Dr. Parikh authored an article published in Clinical Microbiology Newsletter titled Laboratory Strategies for Diagnosis and Monitoring of Hepatitis C Virus Infection.

By listening to this podcast episode, you will get the answers to:

  • What are the current screening recommendations for HCV?
  • How can HCV be detected?
  • What are some of the diagnostic testing challenges and potential solutions?
  • How is HCV treated and the efficacy of treatment monitored?
References and Reading Materials:

Parikh, B. Laboratory Strategies for Diagnosis and Monitoring of Hepatitis C Virus Infection. Clinical Microbiology Newsletter. Nov. 2021. Available from: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0196439921000702

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/hepatitis-c