Barriers to HCV Care Include Lack of Physical Symptoms, Treatment Side Effects

“Barriers to hepatitis C care for patients enrolled in opioid substitution treatment included the perception of being physically well and concerns about adverse effects associated with interferon-based hepatitis C virus treatment, according to results from the ETHOS study.

“Integrating treatment for hepatitis C within settings that provide treatment for drug dependence minimizes some of the barriers for clients wishing to undertake hepatitis C treatment,” study researcher Carla Treloar, PhD, deputy director of the Centre for Social Research in Health at the University of New South Wales, Australia, told Infectious Disease News. “However, treatment remains an unattractive option for some patients. Providing ways for those without hepatitis C symptoms to be assessed for liver damage may be important to open up alternative conversations about hepatitis C care.”

Source: – December 11, 2013


  1. Terry Fox SR. says

    It is true,
    sometimes others don’t really understand what we go through living with this infection. Then add to it the need to do something about the infection ( if insured ). Interferon/ ribovirin therapy can really play games with your head while trying to maintain work performance. My employer allowed me to work after hours when I didn’t feel like I was being watched. Others could see the physical changes in me after the second month of TX. Mostly weight loss. I also needed to go up 5mg. on my methadone.

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