Spotlight Series on Hepatitis C


What Are the Hepatitis C Genotypes?

October 24, 2016


Genotype 5

Genotype 5

Genotype 5 is the least common hepatitis C subtype, comprising less than 1% of global infections. Nonetheless, it is the most common type of infection in Southern Africa, where it represents more than half of all infections.

Although fewer clinical studies have been conducted with patients who have genotype 5 infection, current guidelines suggest that genotype 5 patients with or without liver damage should start treatment with sofosbuvir/ledipasvir or sofosbuvir/velpatasvir.

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