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VA Greater Los Angeles System Treats More Than a Thousand Hepatitis C Veterans

May 22, 2017

VAGLAHS Press Release HeaderVA Greater Los Angeles System Treats More Than a Thousand Hepatitis C Veterans

VAGLAHS makes strides in eliminating hepatitis C in its Veteran population

LOS ANGELES (MAY 22, 2017) – As of January 2017, the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System has treated almost 1700 of 3372 of its active hepatitis C (HCV) Veteran population with newly available, curative antiviral therapy.

VAGLAHS has one of the largest HCV infected Veteran populations within the VA. “The revolution in therapy has allowed us to treat more than 1700 of the 3700 veterans identified as needing hepatitis C therapy,” said Alan Sheinbaum, MD and VAGLAHS attending physician. “We have made it our mission to reach out to veterans in our area and identify ALL of those at risk for this disease and treat 100% of them.”

With May being Hepatitis Awareness Month and the 19th dedicated as National Hepatitis Testing Day VAGLAHS is proud of the progress it has made in curing HCV. Nationally, the VA has treated over 70,000 HCV infected veterans.

This month and for the year ahead, VAGLAHS will continue its effort with a special focus on reaching out to patients who have not yet been tested or have not yet come to VA for treatment through an ongoing outreach effort and advertising campaign conducted and coordinated through the national VA HIV, Hepatitis, and Related Conditions program. Advertisements have been placed in national Veterans Service Organizations magazines and online, as well as on public transportation and billboard ads throughout Los Angeles. In addition to outreach, VAGLAHS has made it easier for patients in distant sites to receive HCV treatment through the use of telehealth and newly established HCV treatment clinic at the VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center.

Veterans, especially those born between 1945-1965, are at an increased risk of HCV infection. Hepatitis C infections can go unnoticed for years, even decades. Left untreated, HCV can result in liver damage. 

Don’t let hepatitis C surprise you. Get the facts. Know the risk. Get tested. 

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