In the poorer and less developed Sub-Sahara African countries,
hepatitis C is diagnosed by the detection of antibodies raised
against the virus using rapid strip tests. Treatment in most cases
commences without further confirmation of infection. This book
contains an updated literature on the hepatitis C virus ranging
from the molecular structure of the virus to the current diagnostic
techniques including assays used to determine the genotypes and
phylogeny of the virus. Information is also made available on the
interaction between hepatitis C virus (HCV) and the Human
Immunodeficiency virus (HIV) including the natural history of the
coinfection. The current treatment regiment and preventive measures
of hepatitis C virus infection are also well spelled out in this
book. The book ends with a study that compares a rapid strip test,
ELISA and PCR in the diagnosis of hepatitis C in HIV, with a case
study of hospitals in Cameroon. The results are of course quite
astonishing and is targeted at countries which rely on rapid strip
tests as the sole diagnostic criteria of hepatitis C, with the aim
of creating awareness on the discrepancies that may exist with the
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