West Africa: Hepatitis C more prevalent than HIV/AIDS or Ebola yet lacks equal attention

4 febrero 2015

Hepatitis C is more prevalent than HIV/AIDS or Ebola in parts of Africa, yet lacks equal attention, researchers say. ‘In West Africa, we believe that there are many transmission modes and they are not through IV drug use, but through cultural and every day practices,’ says the principal investigator on the study. ‘In this study, tribal scarring, home birthing and traditional as opposed to hospital based circumcision procedures, were associated with hepatitis C infection in Ghana.’