Paradigm is currently working with the VA San Diego Healthcare System on major renovations of the Medical Center’s west wing. This includes demolition and reconstruction on the Center’s third and fourth floors.
As part of this renovation, Paradigm designed a new clinic for both Wound and Hepatitis C patients. Hepatitis C, a viral infection that causes liver inflammation, affects approximately 3.5 million people. Veterans are three times more likely than the general population to be infected with this virus.
Left unchecked, hepatitis C infection can lead to advanced liver disease and liver cancer. And up until 2014, treatment options had low cure rates and major side effects.
But direct acting antivirals (DAAs) have revolutionized treatment for hepatitis C. These highly effective oral drugs target specific proteins and disrupt virus replication.
Congress supported the VA’s determination to find all undiagnosed veterans with hepatitis C and offer them this treatment. As of March 2019, nearly 116,000 veterans started taking DAA medication, and 96,654 veterans had completed treatment and been cured.
The VA aims to eliminate hepatitis C in veterans by the end of this year.Tags: clinic, hepatitis C, renovation, San Diego VAMC