Mumbai: A unique clinic, ‘Triple H,’ has been set up for patients suffering from Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C viruses along with HIV by Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre. This clinic is named after the three deadly ailments, ‘Hepatitis B virus, Hepatitis C virus and HIV’. Doctors said the initiative of the clinic is a step towards optimizing care for patients who are suffering from the three ailments.
Hepatitis B virus is transmitted through blood, semen or another body fluid from the infected person to the non-infected person. It can be transmitted from mother to baby at birth, sex with an infected partner and through various unsafe means. “Over 1 billion doses of Hepatitis B vaccine (HBV) have been used worldwide. Hepatitis C virus is transmitted through casual contact, respiratory droplets and through mosquito bites,” said a doctor of Jaslok Hospital.
As there is still no cure for HIV as well as no vaccines for the prevention, it is important to take precautions. “HIV can be transmitted in a number of ways, sexual transmission is one of the reasons. About more than 1.96 lakh HIV infection cases have been rising every year in India,” said Dr. Om Shrivastav, Director of Infectious Diseases Department.
Dr. Shrivastav further said the scenario of HIV is a broad spectrum for patients, who have been exposed and require diagnostic tool immediately, and those who are already undergoing treatment that is not working. “In both these situations, the impact of the clinic is a big step for patients who are either failing treatment or who are newly diagnosed,” he added.
Triple H diseases get to the last stages of a liver transplant.
325 million people worldwide are living with Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C viral infection, says a global hepatitis report.
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