The city of Montpellier created an association with the Hepatitis SOS association but also with the doctors of the hepatitis network Languedoc Roussillon. Hepatitis C is a viral liver disease. It is transmitted by blood and if the patient is not treated, it can develop serious diseases such as cirrhosis or liver cancer. The objective of this alliance is that in 2022 the 1700 Montpellier carriers (and who do not know) of this disease are cured (the pathology should not exist anymore in France in 2025, this is the period established by the Minister of Health Agnès Buzyn). To do this, we must find the greatest number of people to bring them to a treatment that allows their healing.
Better follow-up of the patients
The challenge for 2022 is to find the 1700 people who suffer from hepatitis C without knowing it. "We understand today that we no longer need doctors for detection," notes Pascal Melin, president of the SOS hepatitis federation. For him, "it would be best for people to cure Hepatitis C to testify to say that healing is possible." The Hepatitis SOS association recommends the creation of social spaces to promote screening. "We want to communicate in universities and companies," says Pascal Melin. "The concept is that selection is offered and behind you you know that there can be a cure," he says. When working in closed spaces, the objective of SOS is to avoid "diluting information". Better goal for better diagnosis.
More efficient treatments
The next step after screening is the treatment for the sick. Here too, things must change. "Let's revert to the table," says Professor Georges Philippe Pageaux (CHU Montpellier). The current scheme is obsolete. "It's too long for the patient to go to the doctor and then make an appointment to see a specialist," he explains. "Today we go to the patient and, as soon as screening is done, we can begin treatment," says doctors. The disease management has evolved. Instead of 3 months a few months ago, it only takes a week between the selection and the beginning of the treatment. Another positive point is the healing time. Once a year, it is now three to four months thanks to better quality medications.