October 24, 2016
Genotype 6 is the last of the widely recognized hepatitis C subgroups. The small Southeast Asian country of Laos is the only country in which genotype 6 infects a majority of hepatitis C patients, although genotype 6 is also found in China, Korea, Taiwan and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Genotype 6 comprises 5.4% of cases worldwide.
As with genotype 5, more data is needed to better support the best course of treatment for genotype 6 patients, but the evidence available shows relatively good cure rates with either sofosbuvir/ledipasvir or sofosbuvir/velpatasvir.
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