The World Health Organization (WHO) has pre-qualified the first hepatitis C virus self-test, which can provide critical support in expanding access to testing and diagnosis, accelerating efforts “The self-test version, designed specifically for use by lay people, provides a single kit containing the components necessary to perform self-testing,” the WHO explained in a statement. The organization recommended self-testing in 2021, to complement existing testing modalities, based on data demonstrating the ability to increase access and use of services, especially among people who would otherwise not be able to get tested. Consideration was also given to the opportunity for users to be able to get tested in privacy, “free from stigma”.”Everyone Every day, 3,500 lives are lost due to viral hepatitis. Of the 50 million people living with hepatitis C, only 36 percent have been diagnosed and 20 percent have received treatment by the end of 2022,” according to Meg Doherty, WHO director for the Department of Global HIV, Hepatitis and STI (sexually transmitted diseases) ), cited in the statement. The WHO considers that the availability of this product will contribute to expanding testing and treatment possibilities, in a “safe and effective” way. This self-test will allow less developed countries to have access to options ” safe and accessible”, which is considered essential to reach the target of 90 percent diagnoses in people with the virus. (RM-NM) Source: Rádio Moçambique Online

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