Hepatitis C is a silent disease changing the lives of millions, affecting about 58 million people worldwide. Every year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reports an estimated 1.5 million new infections, where up to 300,000 people succumb to the disease annually. If left untreated, Hepatitis C may lead to chronic diseases such as liver cirrhosis and liver cancer.

The WHO has embarked on a vision to eliminate Hepatitis C globally by year 2030, and Malaysia is strongly supporting the mission. Aspiring to become the Hepatitis C Treatment Hub of Asia, Malaysia is well positioned to provide effective, accessible, and affordable treatment to combat Hepatitis C to the region.

Why should you Choose Malaysia Healthcare for Hepatitis C Treatment?

After exposure to the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), it can take between 8–11 weeks for an HCV antibody test to be positive.

It is most common for people to test positive 6 months after exposure.

Hepatitis C is commonly diagnosed using 2 blood tests:

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HCV Antibody Test

  • Also called the anti-HCV test
  • Determines if someone has ever been infected with the Hepatitis C Virus
  • Identifies antibodies which are proteins released into the bloodstream when someone gets infected with the virus that causes Hepatitis C
  • If tested positive from this test, a follow-up HCV RNA test is required to determine is active infection is present
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PCR Test

  • Also called a nucleic acid test (NAT) for HCV RNA
  • An additional test taken if the HCV Antibody Test is reactive or positive to determine if an active infection is present

Treatment is available in the form of Direct Acting Antivirals (DAA)

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Highly effective (Cure rate of up to 97% in clinical trials)
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Safer and better tolerated than existing therapies
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Shorter (12- or 24-week) treatment duration
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Oral formulation

Healthcare Institutions Available for Screening and Treatment

islandhospital

Island Hospital

308, Macalister Road, 10450 George Town, Penang.
  • +604 2383 388
  • +1300 880 788 (Tol-free in Malaysia)
avisena

Avisena Specialist Hospital

No. 4, Jalan Ikhtisas, Seksyen 14, 40000, Shah Alam, Selangor
  • +603 5515 1888
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Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara

11, Jalan Teknologi, PJU 5, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
  • +603 6287 1111
  • +603 6287 1212
Subang Jaya Medical Centre

Subang Jaya Medical Centre

Jalan SS 12/1A, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor.
  • +603 5639 1212
  • +6019 277 6316

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