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A commitment to effective laboratory Hepatitis diagnostics, monitoring results since 1993.

The burden

Hepatitis B and C are among the most common viral infections in the world. About 325 million people worldwide (per a 2015 study) are carriers of Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) or Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infections. Hepatitis B and C can remain asymptomatic for decades1,2, and therefore without Hepatitis diagnostics or lab testing, it can be exceptionally challenging to determine an early diagnosis.


Every day, over 3,000 people die from the consequences of viral Hepatitis – over a million people every year3. Furthermore, each year, 1.75 million people newly acquire HCV infection. The disease caused 1.34 million deaths in 2015, a number comparable to annual deaths caused by tuberculosis and higher than those caused by HIV2.


95% of people living with viral Hepatitis don’t know

In 2016, the World Health Assembly adopted the World Health Organization's (WHO’s) first “Global Health Sector Strategy on viral Hepatitis” with elimination as its overarching vision.

Laboratory diagnosis of Hepatitis

Several laboratory tests can be conducted in cases of known or suspected Hepatitis. Lab diagnosis of Hepatitis may fall into one or more of the following categories: 


  • General chemistry tests used to detect liver inflammation and/or damage

  • Screening tests used to detect viral Hepatitis; for example, screening for exposure to Hepatitis B or C may be done because of increased risk of the disease or at the time of blood donation

  • Tests to help diagnose the underlying cause

  • Follow-up Hepatitis lab tests used to monitor the progression of Hepatitis

Roche can support you through the entire process with our Hepatitis solutions. Depending on the form of Hepatitis diagnostics, we have innovative solutions to suit your needs.

  1. World Health Organization. Hepatitis C Fact Sheet.
  2. World Health Organization. Global Hepatitis Report 2017.
  3. World Health Organization. Hepatitis.
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