Since the discovery of the hepatitis C virus in 1989, there have been major breakthroughs in understanding the virology and epidemiology of hepatitis C infection, and management of hepatitis C-related disease. Globally, treatment uptake is extremely low, responses to treatment remain sub-optimal, and the burden of disease continues to expand. Even in Australia, where implementation of harm reduction strategies for people who inject drugs has long been a public-health priority, and hepatitis C therapy is available through a subsidised treatment program, transmission continues at a high level and the number of people with advanced liver disease continues to rise. The challenges for control of the hepatitis C epidemic are clearly immense.
Hepatitis C: An Expanding Perspective provides authoritative, comprehensive, and up-to-date information on hepatitis C: the virus, the disease, the epidemic, living with hepatitis C, clinical management, and public-health, public-policy, and community-based responses. In Part I, the virology, diagnosis, natural history, and pathology of the hepatitis C virus are described. Discussed in Part II are hepatitis C transmission, and how the disease affects the populations of the world. In Part III, hepatitis C is described from the perspective of the individual, with management and treatment of hepatitis C at various stages of infection discussed. The impact of hepatitis C at the population level, and the role of community and government support, is detailed in Part IV. In Part V, the editors offer their perspective on future directions for treatment and prevention.
The book will be essential reading for all practitioners with an interest in hepatitis C, from medicine, nursing, public health, health science, health- and public policy, the BBV and drug and alcohol fields, and for undergraduate- and graduate-level students in these fields.