HCV Quiz: A Quick Numbers Game

January 18, 2018
Grace Halsey
Grace Halsey

In this short quiz, we challenge you to choose 4 correct figures and 1 correct fact from your vast store of knowledge on HCV infection.

There are thousands of facts and figures in the literature on the topic of hepatitis C virus infection. This is the first in a series of 3 short quizzes that will challenge you to sort through all you know about HCV.

In the questions that follow, identify 4 correct figures and 1 fact.

1. In the absence of treatment, what percentage of HCV-viremic patients progress to cirrhosis within 20 years of infection?A. 5% to 10%

B. 10% to 15%

C. 15% to 20%

D. 25% to 30%

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The correct answer is C. 15% to 20% (of HCV-veremic patients that progress to cirrhosis within 20 years of infection)

*****************************2. No HCV or HCV-like viruses have been found in nonhuman primates; however, nonprimate hepaciviruses have been discovered in:

A. Rats and mice

B. Dogs and cats

C. Pigs and ferrets

D. Horses and dogs

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The correct answer is D. Horses and dogs (nonprimate hepaciviruses have been discovered in these species)

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3. Which of the following was not a major cause of the global spread of HCV after World War II?A. Blood transfusions

B. Injection drug use

C. Sexual contact

D. Use of nonsterile medical equipment on multiple patients

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The correct answer is C. Sexual contact (was not a major cause for HCV spread after World War II)

*****************************4. How soon after exposure to HCV can HCV RNA can be detected in the blood using a nucleic acid test (NAT assay)?A. 5 to 7 days after exposure

B. 1 to 2 weeks after exposure

C. 2 to 3 weeks after exposure

D. 3 to 4 weeks after exposure

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The correct answer is B. 1 to 2 weeks after exposure (is the soonest HCV RNA can be detected using NAT assay)

*****************************5. What is the shortest duration of treatment that can be used to treat HCV while achieving >95% sustained virologic response rates?A. 6 weeks

B. 8 weeks

C. 12 weeks

D. 24 weeks

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The correct answer is B. 8 weeks (shortest duration of treatment that can be used to treat HCV while achieving >95% SVR)

 

Resources

CDC: Persons for Whom HCV Testing Is Recommended

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: Testing for Possible, Suspected, or Documented HCV Infection

HCV Epidemiology in the United States. Hepatitis C Online

CDC: Hepatits C FAQs for Health Professionals

HCV Guidance: Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and Treating Hepatitis C

Treatment of HCV Genotype 1. Hepatitis C Online.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Final Recommendation Statement Hepatitis C: Screening