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Voice of HCV from Asia Loon Gangte ITPC-South Asia. People. 735,000 estimate HIV/HCV co infection in Asia. It has been estimated that there are up to 9 million IDUs in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2008, 4.7 million people in Asia were living with HIV

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Voice of HCV from AsiaLoon Gangte

ITPC-South Asia


People

735,000 estimate HIV/HCV co infection in Asia.

It has been estimated that there are up to 9 million IDUs in the Asia-Pacific region.

In 2008, 4.7 million people in Asia were living with HIV

An estimated 60% to 90% rate of HCV co-infection among IDU living with HIV/AIDS in Asia


Problem

Testing for HCV is not widely available and accessible and not supported in any HIV programs

Lack of HCV information & treatment education even among General population

Lack of expertise among physician

UNAFFORDABLE cost- Minimal people have access to treatment on HCV .

Most resource poor/developing countries do not have Testing & Treatment Guideline

Cost of Treatment, on request only*


Cost of Treatment

China…….... USD 18,000

Thailand….…USD 17,828

Indonesia…..USD 18,000

Vietnam…….USD 28,000

India…………USD 16,000

approx. cost of Peg-INF & RBV for 48 weeks.

The total cost of treatment including administration and monitoring approx USD 30,000 – 33,000


Why Peg.INF+RBV cost so high?

Roche & Schering Plough hold the monopoly, PATENT on this drugs.

No generic version = no competition.


We have to work on…

“I withdrawn all my saving from the bank and cash all my wife’s jewelleries, to start my treatment from 13th July 2007 plus 4 of my friends support me financially ” .…manipur

50% of HIV infected IDU stated that they had already did Hepatitis C test, shocking fact which strike the process is most of HIV infected IDU thought that Hep C test is liver function test.......indonesia

“Every NGO has a counselor, but they never inform or educate us about TB, Hep B and C ”….APN+ study

“We have some options for HIV but for HCV we do not have anything. What are they (the govt.) waiting for? Are they waiting for us to die?...ITPC-India mapping.

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South & South East Asian Community Gearing up to the battle against HCV.


THANK YOU


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