Atlanta Business Chronicle (12.10.12)
The Liver Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., is conducting a testing program called TILT-C (internal medicine Trainees Identifying and Linking to Treatment for hepatitis C) to improve treatment and increase early identification of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections. Dr. Lesley Miller, Emory School of Medicine assistant professor and medical director for the Grady Liver Clinic, stresses the importance of testing, as so many people with HCV are unaware of their infection. Experts warn that as many as 85 percent of those infected with HCV do not know that they have the disease. Dr. Miller notes that there are effective, available treatments for HCV, adding that if people are not diagnosed, they cannot be linked to treatment.
Providing comprehensive care for HCV infection, the Grady Liver Clinic is open twice a week at the Primary Care Center at Grady Memorial Hospital. Through TILT-C, the clinic will offer antibody testing for HCV on patients born between 1945 and 1965—the age group identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as most likely to have the virus—and will provide treatment at the clinic for those with a confirmed infection. Dr. Miller predicts that with TILT-C, at least 2,000 patients will receive HCV antibody testing; 80–120 will be diagnosed with HCV infection; and 60–90 will be connected to care.