Montpellier wants to eradicate hepatitis C in four years

The city of Montpellier has a partnership with the association SOS Hepatitis, but also with the doctors of the Hepatitis network Languedoc Roussillon. Hepatitis C is a viral condition of the liver. It is transmitted by the blood and if the patient is not treated, he can develop serious diseases such as cirrhosis or liver cancer. The aim of this alliance is that by 2022 the 1,700 carriers of Montpellier (and who do not know) of this disease are cured (pathology should no longer exist in 2025 in France, the deadline set by Minister of Health Agnès Buzyn). It is necessary for that keep track of the largest number of people to take them to a treatment that makes their healing possible.

Better follow the sick

The challenge in 2022 is to find the 1,700 people who carry hepatitis C, who do not know that they have been affected. "We realize today that we no longer need doctors for screening" observes Pascal Melin, president of SOS Hepatitis. For him "Ideally, people who are cured of hepatitis C testify that healing is possible".

The association argues for it set up rooms to promote screening. "We want to communicate in universities and companies" says Pascal Melin. "The concept is to say" we offer you screening "and behind you know there can be a cure" He says. By working in closed rooms, the goal of SOS is to avoid Hepatitis "dilution of information". Better target to better diagnose.

More efficient treatments

The next step after screening is the treatment of patients. Also there things have to change. "We will turn the table around" says professor Georges Philippe Pageaux (CHU Montpellier). The current schedule is outdated. "It is too long for the patient to go to the doctor and then make an appointment to see a specialist" He explains. "Today we are going to the patient, and once the screening is complete, we can start the treatment" explains the doctors.

The management of the disease has evolved. Instead of 3 months a few months ago, you do not need that more than a week between screening is the beginning of the treatment. Another positive point: the healing period. Once every year it is now three to four months thanks to higher-quality medicines.