Advertisement

Spotlight Series on Hepatitis C

Feature

What Are the Hepatitis C Genotypes?

October 24, 2016

 5/9 

Genotype 3

Genotype 3

Genotype 3 is the second more common subtype of hepatitis C after genotype 1. In South Asia, genotype 3 accounts for nearly 72% of the infected population. Genotype 3 is also common in Australasia, Central Asia, Western Europe and Latin America. Approximately 10% of hepatitis C patients in the United States are infected with genotype 3.

At first, genotype 3 patients did not respond as well to the new class of medications, especially if they already had some liver damage. These patients would be prescribed a six-month-long course of treatment with sofosbuvir, but cure rates were still not as good as in patients with genotypes 1 or 2.

But then the pan-genotypic drugs daclatasvir and velpatasvir were developed, providing the first good options for genotype 3 patients. Both need to be paired with sofosbuvir for a high cure rate, and velpatasvir is available in combination with sofosbuvir as a single pill (Epclusa).

Credit: naruedom for iStock via Thinkstock.






This article was provided by TheBodyPRO.com.

No comments have been made.
 

Add Your Comment:
(Please note: Your name and comment will be public, and may even show up in
Internet search results. Be careful when providing personal information! Before
adding your comment, please read TheBody.com's Comment Policy.)

Your Name:


Your Location:

(ex: San Francisco, CA)

Your Comment:

Characters remaining:

Advertisement

The content on this page is free of advertiser influence and was produced by our editorial team. See our content and advertising policies.



MOST VIEWED ARTICLES