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Hepatitis C (HCV)

Enabling a targeted response

Hepatitis C—who’s at risk?


Approximately 130–150 million people have a chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection globally, with 3–4 million new infections occurring each year.1

Certain groups are at increased risk of HCV infection. These include people who inject drugs, children born to mothers with HCV and recipients of infected blood products.

HCV blood transmission

Timely diagnosis is the key to effective treatment


With proper access to diagnostics and treatment, more than 90% of people with hepatitis C can be completely cured within 3–6 months,2 preventing complications such as liver cancer and cirrhosis. However, treatment outcomes are impacted by both the genotype of the virus as well as individual patient characteristics.

HCV Diagnosis

Proper diagnosis, along with viral load monitoring, allow healthcare professionals to optimally tailor therapy according to virus genotype, viral load (the amount of virus in the blood), and treatment response rate. By combining pharmaceutical and diagnostic innovations, we can deliver tangible benefits to patients more effectively.


First in innovation


Roche introduced the first-ever test to monitor HCV viral load in 1993 and remains committed to helping eradicate the virus today.

Roche assays support the accurate detection and viral-load quantification of HCV across different genotypes, helping clinicians make decisions that support the best patient care possible.

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Highly efficient, flexible workflows and a consolidated assay menu deliver confidence with every result. Automated PCR setup and analysis help make the most of your resources and reduce error.



  1. World Health Organisation (WHO). Fact sheet No. 164: Hepatitis C. Accessed May 13, 2016.
  2. World Health Organisation (WHO). Hepatitis. Accessed Nov 3, 2016.
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